Over 1,600 visit Festival of Lights in West Elgin

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Organizers of the West Elgin Festival of Lights are reporting more than 1,600 visitors over the two days of the event at the Rodney Fairgrounds.

Trisha Pearson from the West Lorne Optimist Club said there were about 560 participants on Dec. 4 and almost 1,100 on Dec. 5.

“The goal of the Festival of Lights committee was to bring some fun and holiday spirit to our community during what has been a challenging year,” Pearson said in an email. “It was very rewarding to see so many people enjoying themselves.”

Instead of the normal parade this year, the displays were stationary and guests could move through the fairgrounds area to see them all.

The event was organized by a committee with West Lorne Optimist Club and Rodney Kiwanis Club volunteers and representatives from the Municipality of West Elgin.

Various organizations contributed 22 displays for the event. These included submissions from Rodney and Dutton Rona, Rodney Fairboard, Willson Towing, Rodney Firefighters Association, Queensline Automotive, Quad County Services, Ross and Company Salon/Chase Insulation, the Municipality of West Elgin, West Elgin Secondary School, The Backus Page House, Wallacetown Optimist Club, West Lorne Kiwanis, St. Mary’s Catholic School, Rodney Kiwanis, Aldborough Public School, Sylvite Agri Services, West Lorne Foodland, Erie Gardens, West Lorne Optimist Club, Denning Funeral Homes, Ontario Provincial Police, Betty Kallai Realty, West Elgin Mutual Insurance, Corner Consignments and Leo’s Tree Farm.

Pearce said the committee wants to thank all of the organizations involved and everyone who came out to enjoy the event.

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“It was heartwarming to see the eyes of so many children light up as they passed by Santa and he waved to them,” Pearce said.

Among those who attended was Rodney resident Michelle Lemay who said she was uplifted by the experienced.

“I was cheered by the shining lights and moved by the dedication of the folks that pulled this festival together. My favourite part was hearing little voices say so very happily ‘Santa!’ Thank you all.”

– with files from Victoria Acres

Santa and Mrs. Claus took part in the West Elgin Festival of Lights at the Rodney Fairgrounds. (Handout/Postmedia Network)



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