By Mick Holien
Christmas parades on consecutive Friday nights. Not quite you have to wait until next week as Ronan’s Parade of Lights brings Santa Claus down Main Street to the Lights Under the Big Sky festival and Holiday Treasures drawing at the Fairgrounds starting at 5:30 p.m.
But the inaugural year celebration Parade of Lights this weekend is designed to attract folks to the Lake County Fairgrounds in Ronan over a three weekend for pre-Christmas family-oriented activities to a facility that often outside of the Fair sits unused.
The secret according to organizers who brainstormed the idea is to offer a wide range of things to do all the while amazingly decorating the area with lights – thus the festival’s moniker.
Lighting will run through Dec 17 and if the initial weekend last week was any indication they have discovered something with awesome attendance and just plain outside and inside wholesale fun and enjoyment.
It is also an opportunity to bring people together in a true Christmas spirit environment.
Shoulder season activities outside the traditional tourist months are the lifeblood of thriving communities and occur after first just the idea but an incredible amount of brainstorming and just plain hard work.
The Christmas market as well as the Reindeer Watering Hole opens at the Community Center at 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday while there’s What About Bob Karaoke from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The Elf Workshop open at 5:30 p.m. with kid’s crafts and there’s plenty of concessions including my favorite fry bread.
On Sunday the Mennonite Choir performs at 2 p.m. followed by the Ronan High School Jazz Band with the Live Nativity by Faith Lutheran Church. The Pablo Baptist Church performances are from 4 p.m. to 4:30 on Sunday.
Something new always is quite the endeavor and congrats to Ronan to not just having an idea by carting it through in fine fashion and I’ll see you at Karaoke – Just sayin’