THE 25TH ANNUAL TAKKEFEST, held on Thanksgiving at Rushford Lutheran Church, had an excellent turnout with over 120 people in attendance. Free will donations totaled $377 and will be donated to the local food shelf.
THE 25TH ANNUAL TAKKEFEST, held on Thanksgiving at Rushford Lutheran Church, had an excellent turnout with over 120 people in attendance. Free will donations totaled $377 and will be donated to the local food shelf.

 The month of December is dedicated to spreading Christmas cheer (unless you go to the mall on the weekend before Christmas). Merchants Bank is hosting the 19th annual Parade of Lights on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.

The Parade of Lights is a long standing Rushford tradition. Deb Morcomb, with Merchants Bank, has been helping organize this event ever since its inception. “It is just a cheery part of the holiday season,” she said. “Everybody that wants to be involved in it has a parade unit that is lit up with lights. We end up at the fire hall where we have Santa Claus, cookies, cider, coffee and Santa Claus is down there and gives out treats to the kids.”

The event typically begins with people dressed as Mary and Joseph riding a horse or camel to begin the parade and from there lasts thirty minutes as all types of floats go down the street. “There is no specific order people just come and get lined up,” added Morcomb.

The line-up begins at 6:30 p.m. behind the high school. “Even if you don’t register, you can still come and line up. You don’t have to register with us,” said Morcomb.  She noted that the reason for registering is in case the parade gets canceled, Merchants Bank will contact those registered.

An issue to deal with for this year’s parade is the construction markers that are still up. “We were just kind of concerned about where people would park, because people usually park along the side of the road since it is too cold to be out there sometimes,” said Morcomb. With limited space along the street, attendees may have to brave the cold or find another place to park.

But that’s not enough to put a damper on the festivities this year. “I just like the ambience,” said Morcomb. “Come, enjoy, take it all in. It’s just a fun thing to see.”

Merchants Bank is also partnering with SEMCAC food shelf. Drop off canned goods at the fire hall, following the parade. For more questions, or to register your float, stop by Merchants Bank.