A Lasting Tradition
The Spanish Fork Salem Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for their annual Winter Lights Parade.
In its 18th year, the parade is seeing a record number of entries and spectators participating in the Black Friday event.
“It’s a great way to end a busy day of shopping.” says chamber Executive Director Cary Hanks.
The parade was the brain child of Susan Taylor of Susan’s Hair Design. In 1995, a year before the parade began, Taylor attend the Lights On event that Spanish Fork City held during the lighting of Main Street.
“It wasn’t well attended, “says Taylor, “There would be the Utah Valley Children’s choir, their parents, and a few citizens. We needed something bigger to kick off the holiday season.”
As the Chamber’s President Elect the following year, Susan made it a mission to find this new tradition. She attended a conference in Price where she learned about their lights parade and the success it had and knew that she needed to bring that to Spanish Fork.
“I went to every organization I could think of and convinced them to build a float. I think I even help build five floats that year.” Taylor continued, “We made it a large event with a Breakfast with Santa and chili in the park.
Though the added activities are no longer part of the parade, the tradition continues on with the efforts of the Cary Hanks, the chamber board, volunteers, and Susan Taylor who is heading up this year’s committee.
If your business, organization, or family is interested in participating in this year’s parade you can visit the chamber website www.spanishforkchamber.com for details on how to submit an entry.
Last year’s Brad Ford Creative Excellence Award went to Lance Wilson State Farm for his amazing Tow Mater entry.