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Lighted Farm Implement Parade

WHAT: This tribute to the agricultural heritage of the Sunnyside area has been named one of A&E Television Networks’ Top 10 lighted Christmas parades in the country in 2006 and was featured on the Travel Channel’s “Xtreme Christmas” last year. This is the 26th year the town has held this parade, which draws about 25,000 people.

WHEN: Starts at 6 p.m. Dec. 6.

WHERE: Sunnyside, about 35 miles southeast of Yakima off Interstate 82.

THE BIG SHOW: While we here on Puget Sound have lighted boat parades to celebrate Christmas, folks in this Eastern Washington town stick with what they know best. The parade features light displays covering more than 75 farm implements, vehicles and floats. Among the equipment appearing in the parade are tractors, combines, harrow beds, swathers, grape pickers, semi-trailers and horse-drawn vehicles.

OTHER ACTIVITIES: From 6-10 p.m. Dec. 5, there will be a Festival of Trees held at the Sunnyside Community Center. You must be 21 and older to attend this fundraiser. Other activities Dec. 6 include cookie decorating from 9:30-11:30 a.m., an old-fashion Christmas exhibit at the Sunnyside Museum from 1-5 p.m., a pancake feed (Sunnyside United Methodist Church) and chili feed (Sunnyside Fire Department) at 4 p.m. and the Jingle Bell Run at 6:30 p.m.

COST: Free, but there is a cost to take part in some events.

INFORMATION: Call 509-837-5939 or go to sunnysidechamber.com.

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