Christmas Parade, Feast of the Trees is back!
NORWAY – Other traditions sidelined by the pandemic pledge to return to Oxford Hills on November 27.
John Williams of the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce announced that two popular events, the Christmas Parade and the Festival of Trees, will take place on Thanksgiving weekend, as they have been doing for many years.
âWe’re back,â said Williams. âWe want to bring back spirit and community and this is something everyone is looking forward to.
âPeople have been asking for months and we want to get the word out about it early. We want floats. We want walkers – be it clubs, groups, gymnastics teams, vintage tractors. “
In previous years, up to five to six thousand spectators have come to the parade. It is not uncommon for 40 tanks to participate. Williams hopes the community and organizations will make this year’s celebration the biggest yet.
To ensure that as many people as possible could enjoy the procession, Williams enlisted the help of Bennett Radio Group to broadcast the parade live on the WOXO website. The station’s on-air personalities Rick Bennett and Heidi Adam will broadcast from the sidewalk outside their Main Street studio in Norway, with Williams joining them to comment on the festivities.
The companion of the parade, the FÃªte des Arbres, will be held immediately after, in a new location in the south of Paris.
âWe’re taking the Festival of Trees to McLaughlin Garden,â Williams said. âThe organizations will install Christmas trees in the barn in the garden. “
Williams said the McLaughlin Garden is a treasure few people know about and the perfect place to host the festival.
Anyone, family or organization can register to donate a decorated tree to the festival. There is no admission fee, but the maximum number of trees will be 50 and registrations are first come, first served. The addition of gifts to pass under the tree is strongly encouraged.
Each tree will be drawn by lot. Williams said that in 2019, $ 12,000 was raised during the Festival of Trees. Up to 20% of the profits will be donated to local charities.
To register and place a Christmas tree in the festival, guidelines and the registration form are available on the Chamber’s web calendar, http://business.oxfordhillsmaine.com/events. The festival will be held from November 27 to 28 and is open to the public. The registration deadline is November 22.
The registration fee for the Christmas Parade is $ 25 for groups wishing to participate in the best float competitions; there is no charge to participate without judgment. Guidelines and registration information are also available on the Chamber’s web calendar, http://business.oxfordhillsmaine.com/events.