Volunteers, sponsors, parade entrants needed to make QC holiday festival bigger than ever

Chris Clark, executive director/CEO, Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce (Independent Newspapers/Wendy Miller)

Chris Clark, executive director/CEO, Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce (Independent Newspapers/Wendy Miller)

The leaves are turning colors and the days are getting shorter. It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again. That’s right, it’s parade time.

Queen Creek’s 34th annual Holiday Festival and Parade is happening on Saturday, Dec. 3, in Town Center. This event began with a few neighbors and their lawnmowers having fun before the town was incorporated and has grown ever since.

A partnership of the Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek, the event today features hundreds of children in the parade and on the stage providing live entertainment throughout the day.

There will be more than 100 craft and food vendors so you can find those unique gifts for the special people on your list and enjoy some delicious snacks and meals while shopping.

This year’s event will feature the first lighting of our new 18-foot-tall Christmas tree that will be on display throughout the holiday season. Here’s another first: a menorah-lighting ceremony will take place later in the season.

This year’s event is the largest by far and planning began at the beginning of the year.  It takes a lot of planning and work throughout the year to produce a community event of this size and the parade committee needs five more volunteers to continue growing it.

If you can meet for a few hours a month and take care of details in-between meetings, the committee needs you.
This great small-town event isn’t possible without our volunteers. That includes the nearly 100 adult volunteers we need throughout the day to make sure everyone has a safe, fun-filled day.

A float in the 2013 Queen Creek holiday parade. (Courtesy of queencreekparade.org)

A float in the 2013 Queen Creek holiday parade. (Courtesy of queencreekparade.org)

No matter what kind of commitment you can make, there’s a place for you at the Queen Creek Holiday Festival and Parade.

The vendor spaces may have sold out, but you still have time to get your parade entry together. This year’s theme is “Cartoon Christmas” so fill out an application and show us your creativity. Our goal is to have 80 entries this year. We hope you or your organization, workplace, place of worship, sports team and club is one of them.

We also have space for sponsors. This event is sure to get your company noticed throughout the year in addition to the day of the festival. We offer sponsorships at many levels. The higher the sponsorship level, the more publicity the sponsor will receive.

A single sponsorship can be the difference between being able to afford a family-friendly activity or attraction at the festival, so your financial support is very important and extremely appreciated.

Like to sing? We’re also looking for carolers to perform holiday favorites along the parade route. We hope you’ll volunteer your time and voice for some holiday harmony.

This event is one often cited by residents as promoting that “hometown feel” that Queen Creek is known for so make sure you’re a part of it. All the information you need can be found online at queencreekparade.org and on Facebook at /QCFestivalandParade.

Thank you for your support. We’ll see you on Dec. 3.

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