Parade of Lights will have a new champion on Saturday
45 entrants on Saturday don’t include a previous grand champion
MEDINA – There are 45 community organizations and businesses signed up for Saturday’s Parade of Lights in Medina. None of the entrants are recent grand champions.
Takeform, the two-time defending champ, decided instead to puts its energy into helping decorate Rotary Park. The Albion FFA, the grand champion in 2016, and Matt Mundion of Matt C.M. Contracting, who won from 2013-2015, also won’t be in the parade.
“We’ll definitely have a new winner,” said Jim Hancock, the parade chairman.
The 45 entrants matches the number from last year. This year there will be 17 new entrants in the 11thannual parade, which Hancock believes is a record.
“There are some I’m anticipating some big things from,” he said.
The parade starts at 6 p.m. from the Olde Pickle Factory and heads down Park Avenue to Main Street in the downtown. The parade route has been extended down Main Street to near the American Legion and Hartway Motors. Five Star Bank is making its parking lot available for people who need handicapped parking spots.
This year’s parade includes music at Rotary Park by Prime Time Brass from Churchville at 5 p.m. and the Community Tree Lighting ceremony at 5:30, followed by a fireworks display by Young Explosives at about 5:45.