It’s time to bundle up the family and visit downtown Wauseon on Saturday for the annual Christmas Parade.
Sponsored by the Wauseon Downtown Association, the festivities begin at 7 p.m., as the illuminated parade wends its way from South Park down Fulton Street, then down West Oak Street and Clinton Street before ending at Depot Park with cookies and hot chocolate for the kids.
Parade Chair Ruth Ann Kast said the event will comprise 40 to 50 units or more. They’ll include the Wauseon, Archbold, and Fayette fire departments, the Wauseon High School Marching Band, the Delta Community Band, and the Pettisville Chorale. Other participants will include Wauseon Mayor Kathy Huner, the Boy Scouts, Special Olympics members, and colorful floats sponsored by businesses throughout Fulton County.
This year’s parade Grand Marshals will be Ivan and Maxine Hite. He was recently re-elected as a Clinton Township trustee, and she is an interior decorator and former receptionist and bus driver for Wauseon schools.
The Hites will share honorary duties with the parade’s Prince Zenas Siefker, 8, and Princess Ellie Grisier, 9.
As is tradition with Wauseon parades, candy will be tossed to children and American flags will be distributed to spectators.
The parade will end with a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, who will ride on a float, then greet youngsters at The Depot.
Kast said this is the 10th year for a lighted parade, and crowds estimated at 400 are expected.
“It’s grown a lot in size from what it used to be,” she said. “Ours is probably one of the biggest in the county.”
For more information, contact Kast at 419-877-7585.
The Archbold Parade of Lights will be Friday beginning at 6:30 p.m.
There are also events planned prior to the parade. They will include pictures with Santa, live ice carving, free popcorn and hot chocolate and live performances from The Galbraith Clan, Allen Grant, and The Company from Archbold High School.
The Lite the Nite 5K Run begins at 5:45 p.m.
Also, the Festival of Lights in Ruihley Park opens Friday and is open through Jan. 1.