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Lighted parade applications now being accepted

Sunnyside's 24th annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m.

The parade is designed to capture the spirit of Christmas in Sunnyside's agricultural region, featuring farm implements and other entries gussied up with decorative lights and jangles.

"Sunnyside's Lighted Farm Implement Parade pays tribute to Sunnyside's agricultural heritage...past, present and future," according to Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce officials.

Applications for the 2012 parade are being accepted through Tuesday, Nov. 20, and are available at the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce office. Once applications are completed, they can be delivered to the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce at 451 S. Sixth St., faxed to 509-837-8015 or mailed to the chamber at PO Box 360, Sunnyside, WA 98944.

The parade check-in area will be in front of the Sunnyside Law & Justice Center on Homer Street. Entries must be staged between 1:30 and 3:45 p.m. on Dec. 1.

Each entrant will receive a pre-assigned number to be displayed on the passenger side of the entry.

Parade judges will begin scoring each entry at 4 p.m. on Dec. 1. Parade entries not in their assigned position will not be judged.

Participants can leave their entries after the entry has been judged, but must return to the entry no later than 6 p.m. At that time the awards will be presented.

There will be nine divisions for judging - modern farm equipment & tractors (1960 and newer), old farm equipment & tractors, commercial farm equipment and vehicles, non-commercial organizations and service clubs, antique cars and trucks (pre-1950), commercial Christmas floats, non-commercial Christmas floats, animal-drawn entries and youth entries.

The Lighted Farm Implement Parade will leave Warehouse Avenue and traverse South Sixth Street to East Edison Avenue at Centennial Square. Entrants will turn left (eastbound) on East Edison Avenue and travel to the parking lot at the Mid Valley Mall.

Participants are asked to wait at least 30 minutes in the mall parking lot, giving the public an opportunity to view the entries up close.

No candy or objects shall be thrown from parade vehicles and floats or otherwise distributed along the parade route. The only pedestrian traffic allowed to participate in the parade will be the honor guard.

For more information, call the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce at 837-5939.

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