Sunnyside lighted implement parade gets rolling Dec. 4

Dori O'Neal, Herald staff writer December 3, 2010 

SUNNYSIDE -- Bundle up the kids and head for Sunnyside this weekend for an evening of dazzling lights at the annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade.

The parade is listed on the A&E television network's Top 10 list of don't-miss lighted Christmas parades in the U.S.

It starts at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in downtown Sunnyside. Admission is free.

The parade features all sorts of farm equipment decked out in twinkling holiday lights. There'll be modern farm implements and old ones, commercial equipment and service club vehicles, as well as antique cars and trucks.

The festive parade also will feature a few commercial and noncommercial floats, animal-drawn entries and, of course, Santa Claus.

"Sunnyside's Lighted Farm Parade pays tribute to our agricultural heritage," said Teodora Martinez-Chavez, one of the organizers.

"The parade is designed to capture the spirit of Christmas in Sunnyside's rural environment. And Sunnyside is proud of its location in the heartland of the Northwest's most diversified agricultural region."

The parade leaves from Warehouse Avenue and Sixth Street and proceeds south and then east on Edison Avenue. It then moves across the Yakima Valley Highway to the parking lot at the Mid Valley Mall.

Visitors can see all of the entries in the parade before it starts at the check-in area at Homer Avenue in front of the Sunnyside Law and Justice Center.

But the real fun begins when the parade begins after darkness falls. There'll be plenty of food and beverage kiosks around town.

For more information, go to www.sunnysidechamber.com.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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