Photo by David Rauzi
A sign of the season: Volunteers were out early last Wednesday morning, Nov. 15, placing 53 LED-light garlands on lampposts along Grangeville’s Main Street. The annual decoration event is organized by the Grangeville Merchants with assistance from Avista. Among those participating was Lori Courtright, manager at P1FCU.
As of Tuesday, November 21, 2017
GRANGEVILLE The Winter Magic Tree Lighting at Pioneer Park has become a holiday favorite for many locals and visitors alike. This year, that event will be added to.
Grangeville Border Days Royalty 2018 received permission from the City of Grangeville to add a lighted parade preceding the tree lighting.
The Country Christmas lighted parade is set for this Saturday, Nov. 25.
“We wanted to do a lighted parade in Grangeville because Bella [Klapprich, Border Days princess] and I have attended parades in other communities and wanted to see one in our own hometown as it has never been done before,” explained Border Days Queen Micaela Farris.
She and Klapprich attended a city council meeting in the fall and asked permission to be hosts to this event.
“We were very pleased to have all yes votes, and with the help of the city clerk Tonya Kennedy and police chief Morgan Drew, we also got approval from the state,” Farris added. “I am beyond excited to see the outcome as we have several floats already. Being a rodeo queen isn’t just about the rodeo, it’s about putting the time into the community that’s being represented, and I couldn’t be more proud to represent my hometown.”
Farris credits her mom, Amy, as well as Horizons Recreation Committee member, Terra Hill, who helps organize the Winter Magic lighting event, for helping make the parade work in conjunction with the lighting.
Following the parade, Farris and Klapprich will be serving hot chocolate at the tree lighting for donations with all proceeds go to the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF).
The parade lineup is set for 4 p.m., North Idaho Street, and the route will stop at Pioneer Park. All entries must be decorated with lights; free entry. Call 208 507 0487 to enter.
Following the 5 p.m. parade, the tree lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m.
Winter Magic includes not only the lighting, but also music by local groups and individuals, and a visit from Santa on the decorated antique Grangeville Volunteer Fire Department fire truck.
Those wishing to give to the Winter Magic lighting fund for coming years can make donations at U.S. Bank. Call Terra Hill at 983-1486 with questions.