Don’t turn out the lights

Unless you’ve been living in a cave you are no doubt aware of tomorrow night’s Lighted Farm Implement Parade here in Sunnyside.

The crown jewel of the city’s parades, the Lighted Farm Implement Parade was the first of its kind and continues to draw tens of thousands to Sunnyside.

Many of these visitors – like some from our family – will even spend the night here to not only see the parade but to combine it with other activities like worshipping or spending time together on Sunday.

Saturday night’s parade – and accompanying sights throughout the day – is the quintessential “heads in beds” event assisted with lodging tax dollars.

This will be the 26th annual parade…but as I write this the 27th annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade lacks funding from the city’s lodging tax monies.

Without rehashing the back-and-forth soap opera between the Sunnyside City Council, the Sunnyside Lodging Tax Advisory Committee and the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, no lodging tax dollars have been set aside for parades and festivals in 2015.

The city council will hold a special meeting on Monday, Dec. 15, to decide about spending those monies.

Whatever your stance is about the role of the chamber of commerce, talk to your city council and members of the lodging tax committee about sustaining funds to keep our festivals humming.

Hit’em up when you see them at the store. Bug’em if you see them around town tomorrow.

Ask them, urge them to make sure lodging tax money is available and workers/volunteers engaged so the Lighted Farm Implement Parade and all of our festivals continue in Sunnyside.

In case you need a reminder, our city council members are Mayor Jim Restucci, Deputy Mayor Theresa Hancock, Spencer Martin, Craig Hicks, Francisco Guerrero, Jason Raines and Dean Broersma.

Those sitting on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee are Chair Francisco Guerrero, Martin Beeler, Tom Denlea and Teri Alvarez-Ziegler.


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