Oh how I love small town events! I was recently in Chinook, MT for their parade of lights. First thing in the morning I met some new friends at the old sugar beet factory to work on one of the floats. Christmas music was playing, people were giggling, and power tools were buzzing. The framework was completed earlier by the same guys who made the homestead float for the wild west parade. Three hours and two warm up in the car sessions later (I may be a Montana girl at heart, but my body quickly reminded me I live in Florida now), we stood back to admire the twinkling lights of the float.
Now that the float was done, it was time to wonder Main Street and mingle with all the wonderful vendors. They were selling everything from local food to handmade jewelry to Christmas wreaths. Of course there were several guns being raffled as well. It is Montana after all!
Waiting for the parade to start, I checked out the festival of trees. My mom and aunt donated a decorated “chicken” tree including several dozen fresh eggs from their chickens. All proceeds from the event went to the local volunteer fire department and PAWS.
The main event of the day was the parade. The floats included everything from local business promotions to teasing a local for turning 50. I patiently waited for the float I helped with to come by. It was almost the very last in the parade. The theme of the float was “join the church crowd” so it stopped at each corner where people would jump on the float or walk alongside it handing out glow bracelets to the kids. I loved that this church used the parade as an outreach opportunity!