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The Lighting of Rugby

By Staff | Dec 4, 2015

Rugby Manufacturing went all out with hydraulics giving the illusion of flying reindeer in the Parade of Lights.

It is that time of year again with downtown Rugby lit for the coming of Christmas, the church bells ringing Christmas tunes, the neighborhoods lit in celebration of Christmas with Nativity scenes that resonate its true meaning and that means it is also time for the Rugby’s annual Parade of Lights.

The tradition of the parade of lights started in 2006 by then director of the board of the Rugby Chamber of Commerce Daunne Heilman, according to Shelley Block, current Executive Director of the Rugby Chamber of Commerce.

From that humble beginning it has evolved into a cherished and much anticipated event every year and this year was no different.

As young and old alike gathered on the streets of Rugby you could feel the festivities of Christmas were in full effect, with smiles and good cheer pulsating through the crowd.

This year’s parade of lights featured letter writing to Santa, ornament building and for the adventurous holiday tattoos.

But, it wouldn’t be a Christmas parade without the presentation of Santa Clause to the good people of Rugby. A regally adorned horse and carriage brought Mr. and Mrs. Clause through the town of Rugby with the pomp and circumstance they deserved. The Clauses took time from their busy schedule at the North Pole to come to Rugby to pose for pictures and take last minute request for gifts, but only for those who have been nice.

In addition, the HAMC Auxiliary made it seem ‘a lot like Christmas’ with enchanted caroling that warmed the soul and embraced the spirit of Christmas. They received resounding applause with a heart-filling rendition of Silent Night, a song that always gives you pause and a moment of reflection. Though, the night had perfect weather it was still nice that hot cider was served to warm the bodies as temperatures dipped to a brisk 32 degrees.

“It is a great night for families and the kids. A great way to start the Christmas Season”, said Block.

According to Block, “All were invited to participate from businesses, churches, and youth groups, anyone who wanted to get in the Christmas Spirit.”

This year’s 2015 Parade of Lights Winners are: First Place: Rugby Manufacturing (Reindeer Sleigh with Hydraulics). Second Place: St Paul Lutheran Church (Live Nativity of Children) and Third Place: North Central Ag (Reindeer Truck – wrapped in brown paper with a red nose on front)

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