Join in the holiday spirit by participating in Christmas Parade

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The deadline has been extended until Wednesday, December 4th, at 5 p.m. to enter the second annual Vevay Christmas parade.

There is no cost to participate and prize money will be awarded.

The event will be held on Saturday, December 7th, at 4 p.m. The parade coincides with the annual “Paul Ogle Festival of Lights” holiday light display held at Paul Ogle Riverfront Park on Ferry Street in Vevay throughout December.

The parade line-up is at 2:30 p.m. at the Switzerland County Fairgrounds in Vevay. Floats, decorated vehicles, horses, walking entries, golf carts, marching bands and others are encouraged to participate. All entries must be at least 50-percent decorated for Christmas, be family-oriented and in good taste. Lights are encouraged.

Santa Claus will be the featured guest, so participants should refrain from using a live Santa.

Prizes will be awarded as follows: Best overall entry, $200; first place, $150; second place, $100; and $50 for third place.

A new component to the Christmas Parade is the “Best Decorated Fire Truck”. All fire stations located in Switzerland County are invited to participate. The firehouse with the winning truck will have a $200 check donated to its favorite charity.

There is no cost to participate, but fire trucks must be registered into the parade by the December 4th deadline. Trucks from any area are welcome to join, but only Switzerland County units are eligible for the prize money. Fire department entry forms are available at the Switzerland County Visitors Center or through Marylee Tolbert at Vevay’s MainSource Bank.

The annual Vevay Christmas Parade is sponsored by Switzerland County Tourism. Sponsors, the town of Vevay and the Vevay Christmas Parade organizers and volunteers will not be held responsible for any accidents or injuries that may occur before, during, or after the close of the event.

For more information on the parade or to volunteer, contact the Visitors Center at 427-3237, Marylee Tolbert at MainSource Bank. E-mails can be sent to visitsc@switzcotourism.com or mtolbert@mainsourcebank.com.

Entries must be pre-registered. Entry forms with a complete set of rules and guidelines are available in Vevay at the Switzerland County Visitors Center located at 128 West Main Street, MainSource Bank on 102 West Main Street and other locations. Submission of a completed entry form does not guarantee acceptance of unit(s) into the park.

The parade route will be Vineyard Street to Main Street; left on Main Street to Ferry Street; and right on Ferry Street to the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park. Santa will meet with children after the parade while cookies and hot chocolate will be served.