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Kilian family to mark parade’s 27th anniversary

Parade set for Saturday, Dec. 5

Each year since 1989, Sharon and Ervin Kilian have dressed up their harvester for its appearance in Sunnyside’s Lighted Farm Implement Parade.

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Each year since 1989, Sharon and Ervin Kilian have dressed up their harvester for its appearance in Sunnyside’s Lighted Farm Implement Parade.

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Ervin Kilian adds extra lights to the snowman that will be included on the Kilian family lighted float, a giant grape harvester. The float will be one of more than 100 entries in next Saturday’s annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade.

— Saturday, Dec. 5, will mark the 27th annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade.

And it will mark the 27th time Sharon and Ervin Kilian have adorned a grape harvester with lights as a float entry for the parade.

Their animated farm-related entry will make its annual appearance in the parade at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.

The longtime grape growers haul their grape harvester into their machine shed and start decking it out with lights as soon as harvest is over each year.

This year the couple, who also serve on the parade’s committee, will join more than 100 other local lighted entries, representing the Lower Valley’s agricultural economy.

“It’s because of dedication of parade supporters like the Kilians that the Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade has earned a reputation as being one of the Top 10 lighted parades in the country,” the chamber’s Executive Director Deb Estrada said.

She said applications for more lighted entries are still available for this year’s parade, but the deadline is looming.

Monday, Nov. 30, is the last day to enter the parade. Judging on the day of the event will be held at 4 p.m. However, staging for parade floats will begin at 1:30 p.m.

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SunnysideChamber 2 years ago

Correction - Based on the current number of parade entries received and entries that we know are coming in, the Chamber is expecting roughly 50 +/- parade entries. There will also be several vendors and farm implements on display downtown for the event. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the parade!

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