PARADE OF LIGHTS
of year Santa is said to be busy in his workshop making toys for good
little girls and boys!! But in Rockwood, Santa already has his toys made,
and shopping done. His soybeans and corn are harvested, and now he's trying
to figure out just what he and Mrs. Claus should do to their combine for
the "big" night.
is a Farmer's Santa!! With his fall farm work under control, Mr. and
Mrs. Claus will soon be decorating their combine with Christmas lights
and other seasonal decorations to be ready for Rockwood's
FARMERS' Santa Claus PARADE OF LIGHTS.
The parade is always held on the second Thursday in December. This will be the twentieth time that Santa and the local farmers
have presented their FARMERS'
PARADE OF LIGHTS. "The first year was very informal
and spontaneous. A group of local farmers decided to dress up their
farm equipment for the Christmas season and ride through the village
streets as a holiday gesture of goodwill to their non-farming neighbours,"
reports Mr. Santa Claus.
called me and the Mrs. at the North Pole, to see if we'd join them on
their tour. Since we already had our harvest off, we thought we'd bring
the combine down for the night, so we wouldn't tire out Rudolph and
the gang. It's a highlight of our season, and we wouldn't want to miss
it!" Claus continued.
excitement and appreciation shown during the parade and as the farmers'
met others during the year was enough to encourage a repeat performance.
And so the tradition was born.
parade has been more spectacular than the previous, with residents,
merchants and visitors to the community enthusiastically responding
all year long, as to what the parade meant to them, and to 'please'
do it again!!
the parade will feature about twenty area farms joining in the spirit
of the season. Over two hundred farmers, their families, employees and
friends will join in the fun, riding on the floats. Entry is by invitation
only to ensure that the parade remains a success and that the goodwill
gesture to the community continues. "The parade is strictly for fun."
Says Murray Swanston, Parade Committee Chair. "There is absolutely no
fundraising, advertising or fees connected with it."
come to the parade, you'll see thousands of Christmas lights shining
brightly, along with garlands, ribbons and bows, Christmas trees fully
decorated, and all the things you'd expect to see in a Santa Claus Parade.
But remember, this parade is different, as each float will be farm-oriented.
see the blending of old and current farming practices with the 'parade
floats' being antique and modern tractors and equipment. You just may
get your toes tapping as you watch a group of cloggers clogging as they
roll by. There'll even be a dancing stable cleaner along for the fun,
among other farm implements. And remember, Santa and Mrs. Claus will
be riding their combine for the grand finale!
saw the route crowded with parade goers coming from Rockwood and area,
the further corners of Wellington County and many points across Southern
Ontario. Special visitors from British Columbia and Australia also joined
in the fun. It's a parade for all ages, from babies to the most senior
of seniors. Once again the Guelph detachment of the OPP and the Eramosa
Volunteer Fire Fighters will be helping escort and direct traffic for
the safety of all.
was originally organized by a fun loving group known as 'The 3rd and
4th Line March Blahs
Committee and Friends". Their reputation precedes itself for bringing
the community other 'strictly for fun' and successful events throughout
the years, and this one will be no different. This year its organization
is being passed on to a new committee, The Rockwood Farming Community.
So, if you want a special night with family
and friends, that is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face, be in
Rockwood for this year's FARMERS' Santa Claus PARADE OF LIGHTS. Don't
be late, the fun will begin at seven! Everyone from near and far is
invited to come and catch the Christmas spirit.