Sunnyside Rotary Lighted Farm Implement Parade – Dec 3rd

The Sunnyside Noon Rotary invites Pacific Northwest residents to attend the 34th annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, in downtown Sunnyside. This nationally recognized parade pays tribute to Sunnyside’s agricultural heritage and ushers in the holiday season. Rotary members hope that this weekend will become an even bigger event and grow into a month-long Christmas celebration, drawing people from all over the country.

This will be the third year that the event will be accompanied by the Downtown Christmas Market, and the market continues to grow every year. This year it will feature more than 40 vendors and music by DJ Blue. Vendors will be open from 1 p.m. until the end of the parade. Get ready to complete your Christmas shopping with vendors that offer many different gift ideas. Grab some food, then find a seat to watch the always cheerful Jingle Bell Run, organized by Complete Wellness. This will be followed by more than 60 parade entries with thousands of twinkling lights, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The parade features dozens of tractors, combines and antique farm equipment, each piece uniquely decorated and lighted. It will begin at the corner of Barnard Blvd. and E. Edison Rd., proceed west on E. Edison, cross the Yakima Valley Highway and travel through downtown Sunnyside to Zilllah Ave.

The parade and the market are just two of the weekend’s highlights. You can kick off the weekend on Friday, Dec. 2, with the Festival of Trees, sponsored by the City of Sunnyside and Astria Health. From 7 to 9 p.m., you can enjoy this winter wonderland at the Sunnyside Community Center with a no-host bar, hors d’oeuvres and a dessert auction. Cast your vote for your favorite tree while you enjoy the company of friends and listen to live music. The cost is $25 per person or $40 per couple and includes one free drink ticket per person. You must be 21 or over to attend.
Also on Friday will be the 6th annual tree-lighting ceremony at Sunnyside Centennial square, beginning at 6 p.m. Keep checking cometothesun.com for up-to-date information.

On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4, you can again tour the Festival of Trees from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $5 for adults and $2 for anyone under 18. Children will be admitted for free. Coffee, cocoa and cookies will be provided.

All proceeds from the Festival of Trees will go toward the purchase of new playground equipment in one of Sunnyside’s parks and to the Astria Sunnyside Hospital Cancer Center. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced on the City of Sunnyside’s website on Monday, Dec. 5.

On Friday, Dec. 2, you can shop for unique hand-made gifts from noon to 8 p.m. at the Soroptimists’ Merry Making Craft Fair at the Lower Valley Mall. On Dec. 3, the craft fair will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and from 1 to 6 you can enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas at the Sunnyside Museum. The Rotary Club’s Downtown Christmas Market will open at 1 p.m.

Many local businesses continue to support this holiday tradition. Any funds not used for the event go toward supporting these deserving projects: Valley Performing Arts, to purchase a new dance floor; scholarships to local high-school students; the Miss Sunnyside Committee, to repair its float; the Sunnyside Rotary Swim Team; and Rotary International’s Bangladesh Water and Sanitation Project. Other organizations that will benefit include the United Methodist Preschool, Lower Valley Tennis club, Heartlinks, Northwest Harvest Food Banks, the Boy Scouts, Catholic Charities’ Summer Youth Camp, the Fred Hutchinson Obliteride even to fund cancer research, the Suitcase Drive for Sunnyside and Toppenish Children’s Services, and the Adopt-a-Family Program that will help 25 families this Christmas.

Applications for float entries are being accepted through Nov. 21, and there is no entry fee. For more information on becoming a sponsor, a parade participant or a vendor at the market, visit lightedfarmparade.com or contact Lindsee Curfman at lightedfarmparade@gmail.com or (509) 439-7751.