LYNDONVILLE — A first-ever, “Light Up The Night” Holiday Parade, will debut in the village on the evening of Dec. 16th, from 6-8 p.m.
Jeremiah Little, who owns Ace’s Towing in Lyndonville, said he’s seen holiday big truck parades elsewhere, and thought having one in Lyndonville right before Christmas would be fun, and a good fundraiser for H.O.P.E., Helping Other People Everyday.
Trucks which take part in the parade will be decorated for Christmas, complete with lights, and Santa will make an appearance on one of the vehicles, Little said, Thursday. He is organizing the event with his wife, Brandy.
Vehicles will line up at the old Kennametal building on Route 5 at 5 p.m. and the parade will step off with traffic control provided by the Lyndonville Police Department at 6 p.m., said Little.
Little paid a visit to the Lyndon Select Board on Monday evening, where he said the idea of the Holiday Parade was met with support by the municipal administrator, Justin Smith, as well as the town’s select board.
The Littles have reached out to the Cobleigh Library, the Lyndon Area Chamber of Commerce and a number of other businesses in the area to spread word of the event, and hope it will see a strong turnout of vehicles, spectators, and support for H.O.P.E.
“It sounds like a fun event, and good for H.O.P.E.,” said Cheryl McMahon, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, and a librarian at the Cobleigh Library.
There will also be donation points in the village that evening to donate to H.O.P.E., said Little.
“The idea behind the parade is to get the community together for some holiday fun as well as spreading the word about what an asset H.O.P.E is for our community as a non profit organization that does so much for those in need,” Little said.
The parade will go from Kennametal parking lot south on Main Street to Depot Street, to Broad Street, then Center Street, and then to Park Avenue onto Main Street and back to Kennametal.
“There will be many local businesses decorating fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks, dump trucks, mud trucks and more.” said Little, adding, “Santa will also be attending this event.”
Little said each vehicle participating is being asked to donate at least $20 to the H.O.P.E organization in Lyndonville. Donations can be made in the form of check or cash that will be collected before the parade begins.
Little said the response to the first-ever holiday parade has been strong already, and he hopes it will become a longstanding tradition for Lyndonville.
“We should all be thankful this Holiday season for a great community that stands together to help others!” said Little. He said H.O.P.E. does so much to help brighten the holidays for those in need, and giving back to the organization was a natural fit for the new event. “This is the time of year when everyone is struggling a little bit and H.O.P.E. does so much for our community, those of us who don’t need as much can help them out.”
Little said the parade will be a holiday version of the annual Stars and Stripes parade, and he’s expecting tow trucks, fire trucks, ambulances, a few mud trucks and even racing cars.
“We’re asking that all the vehicles in the parde are decorated with a holiday theme, and we also have a couple of big mud trucks that the kids really like, and those will be decorated as well,” said Little.
Kim Crady-Smith, owner of the Grindstone Cafe’ and Green Mountain Books & Prints, said Thursday, “It’s really exciting that a local person just decided to put this together. We’ve decided to stay open late at both the bookstore and the coffee shop, and I believe the new vintage store is also staying open later that evening. Downtown Lyndonville feels so festive this Holiday season!”
“I’m hoping it will be an annual event, this is our first annual, and 50 years down the road, somebody else could be taking it over and carrying on the tradition, we don’t really do a whole lot as a community, I think it will be a great idea to get everybody together,” said Little.
Day Haycook, manager at H.O.P.E., said on Thursday, “We always appreciate when people in the community put on events to help us, it’s always very humbling and very exciting at the same time,” he said of the parade being organized later this month, with all proceeds to help the organization.
H.O.P.E. is still taking donations today, Friday, of new unwrapped toys, clothing and gifts for all ages, from newborn to 18, to help area families in need.
If you plan on entering the parade please contact Jeremiah Little via email at email@example.com, or by phone at either 626-8691 or 384-3782.