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RONAN — With temperatures dipping well into the low teens Saturday evening in Ronan, clouds of breath fog hovered over festive holiday crowds as they lined the sidewalks along Main Street to take in the annual Parade of Lights as it made its way through downtown. 

The event, hosted by the Ronan Chamber of Commerce, featured more than 25 parade entries decked out in colorful holiday swag.

Onlookers battled the cold by bundling up and drinking warm beverages as children armed with plastic bags were excited about the possibility of picking up candy and treats thrown out by some of the parade participants and catching a glimpse of Santa Claus.

Following tradition, the Ronan Police Department led the long line of brightly decorated utility vehicles, fire trucks, floats and an ATV pulling Santa in his sleigh along the three-mile parade route that snaked its way through town.

Once the parade wrapped up, the focus shifted to the Lake County Fair Grounds for the final evening of the annual Lights Under the Big Sky festival. 

The Lights Under the Big Sky is a family friendly festival that features a half-mile spread of brightly illuminated holiday-themed displays. 

The festival also features kid-friendly activities, a wide variety of musical entertainment and a holiday arts and crafts bazaar. 

Helping to spread holiday cheer, Bill Williams of French Grainey and Williams law firm in Ronan pre-purchased 200 admission tickets so festival attendees could enjoy the one-of-a-kind event free of charge.

“Thank you Bill for helping make this a wonderful place to live!” said event organizer Sjaan Vincent.

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