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‘Biggest crowd ever’ for Pioneer Park lighting event

Celebration marks 10 years; addition of Main Street parade

The Grangeville Horizons Pioneer Park “Winter Magic” tree lighting event brought a large crowd of both attendees and performers to the city’s park Saturday evening, Nov. 25. Here, Dan Coburn of Cottonwood sings “Christmas at Denny’s.”

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The Grangeville Horizons Pioneer Park “Winter Magic” tree lighting event brought a large crowd of both attendees and performers to the city’s park Saturday evening, Nov. 25. Here, Dan Coburn of Cottonwood sings “Christmas at Denny’s.”


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Winter Magic Tree Lighting and Lighted Parade 2017

The Winter Magic Tree Lighting (sponsored by the Horizons Recreation Committee) and the Cowboy Christmas Lighted Parade (sponsored by the Border Days Royalty) took place Saturday evening, Nov. 25, at Pioneer Park and on Grangeville’s Main Street. Here are a few highlights from the event.

The Winter Magic Tree Lighting (sponsored by the Horizons Recreation Committee) and the Cowboy Christmas Lighted Parade (sponsored by the Border Days Royalty) took place Saturday evening, Nov. 25, at Pioneer Park and on Grangeville’s Main Street. Here are a few highlights from the event.

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Grangeville’s Lighted Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Grangeville Border Days Royalty, brought about 15 entries Saturday, Nov. 25, to Main Street.

— As picturesque as a Norman Rockwell painting, Grangeville’s Main Street and city park drew throngs of people to town Saturday evening, Nov. 25.

Families milled throughout the city as darkness fell and temperatures dropped to the mid-30s: Parents visiting, hot cocoa steaming, kids running and playing.

The event was the town’s first lighted Christmas parade, sponsored by the Border Days Royalty, and the 10th annual Winter Magic Pioneer Park tree lighting, sponsored by the Horizons Recreation Committee.

“I would have been happy with five entries for this first year,” laughed Amy Farris, Grangeville City Council member and mother of Border Days Queen Micaela Farris. As it was, there were about 15 entries and literally hundreds of participants in the parade as organizations, royalty groups, businesses and individuals rode on or in or walked the parade route.

At the Soroptimist Pavilion, excitement mounted as area students in grades kindergarten through fifth grades counted down from 10 to light the park.

“Wow, this is out biggest crowd ever,” said Cathy Wassmuth, who organizes the event with Terra Hill and Karen Ruklic.

More than 500 people showed up for the parade, lighting and to hear and see a variety of groups and individuals perform including Grangeville Elementary Middle School students, Idaho Force Cheer, Grangeville High School’s Varsity Blue, Danny Schwartz, Kim Johnson, Melisa Gates, Dan Coburn and Wendy Lindsley. Even the Grinch made special appearances throughout the parade and lighting.

“We could not do this without the businesses who help us set up – Avista, Idaho County Light and Power, Prairie Land and Timber – and all the other volunteers and those who have donated,” said Hill.

Mayor Bruce Walker said the event was a good way to end his tenure as mayor and recalls the first time the three organizers came to city council.

“They had an idea for a few lights at the park,” he laughed, sweeping his hand across the air at the park area. “From that, to this. It’s amazing.”

The evening ended with the Grangeville Volunteer Fire Department’s decorated antique truck appearing with the night’s special guest, Santa himself.

Additional area tree lightings and parades are listed in the “Holiday Happenings” in the community section of the newspaper, as well as in the Holiday Showcase 4 Weeks of Christmas on-line now and in print next week.



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