A Last­ing Tra­di­tion

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Randi Kauf­man

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.

R. Kauf­man

Last year’s Brad Ford Cre­ative Ex­cel­lence Award went to Lance Wilson State Farm for his amaz­ing Tow Mater en­try.

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