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Holiday Light Parade looking for illuminated entrants

Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTO - The Western Washington County Firefighters Association took over handling the light parade this year. It's usually organized by members of the Forest Grove City Club.Get ready for the most wonderful time of the year. The annual Holiday Light Parade will be making its merry way through downtown Forest Grove at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, to kick things off.

Organizers are still looking for entries. The parade features lighted floats, marching groups, festive vehicles and the Forest Grove High School Band, and is for all ages. Prizes will be offered for several categories.

Organizers are offering a VIP experience for $25 beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Main Street. A sampling of Northwest cuisine, local wines and special snacks for children will be catered by 1910 Main — An American Bistro. Participants will then be escorted to a private covered heated grandstand seating for prime viewing at 21st and Main Street and will include sweets and refreshments in the VIP tent. Only 40 tickets are available. Funds raised will help defray costs of the presenting the parade. Tickets can be purchased at the Forest Grove/Cornelius Chamber of Commerce, 2417 Pacific Ave. or by contacting 503-357-3006 or director@visitforestgrove.com.

For more information on the parade or entry registration forms, visit Summa Downtown Real Estate on Main Street, Forest Grove Fire Station on Ash Street, Chamber offices or visit facebook.com/WWCFFA.

The parade is the grand finale of a day-long holiday celebration.

n The annual old-fashioned Holiday in the Grove starts with a Breakfast with Santa at 1910 Main from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The meal is $6 for children and $11 for adults.

n The Artisans Market will be set up in the Community Auditorium, 1915 Main St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

n There will be wagon rides from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Corner Antiques with a donation of a canned food item or cash.

n There will be photo opportunities with Santa from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in front of the antique pumper at the Forest Grove Fire Department.

n Mayor Pete Truax, Police Chief Janie Schutz and Fire Chief Michael Kinkade will be ringing bells on Main Street from 3:30 to 5 p.m. to entice passersby for donations to the Salvation Army.

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