Festival of Lights tradition continues

The tradition continues but the always-popular Festival of Lights in Preston, Idaho has been scaled down this year because of the recession. Preston City officials, who took over the Festival after the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce folded, say they felt a real need to continue the event which was started by the former owners and publishers of the Peston Citizen, Wayne Bell and Walter Ross.Instead of two lighted parades there will be one and it will start at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday when a switch is thrown that brightens up several blocks with Christmas lights A short fireworks program will take place just before the Lighted Parade.Saturday is full of exciting activities including the pajama party at 12:45 p.m., the Bed Race Parade at 1:10 p.m. and the International Championship Bed Race at 1:30. Bed Race Chairman Tracy Jensen says hopefully more people will come to the festival than ever before this year. Organizers are asking that people not throw candy during the parade for safety reasons.

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