Weather cooperates, turnout good for Moonlight Madness

Moonlight Madness/Light-Up Slave Lake has changed quite a lot over the years. But it’s still one of the premier events of the Chamber of Commerce and when you hold a parade – people show up! They did that again in pretty big numbers for the 2019 edition on Nov. 15, taking in the Santa Claus Parade, the light-up of the community Christmas tree and other activities.

Winners of the storefront decorating contest portion of the event were Appara Shoes, Liberty Tax and The Fix. The Fix did its own addition to the festivities, sponsoring a gingerbread house competition. Blake Maitland won the kid’s category and Krista Morrison the adult. The house builty by Josh and Sue, won the group category. It was featured on the front page of last week’s Leader.

The Kinettes were volunteer judges for the parade and picked the following winners in three categories: Revolution Ford for best overall float, Falcon Rentals for best commercial float and in the non-commercial category – the Northern Lights 4-H club, from Slave Lake.

Tree decorations were donated by Canadian Tire, says Chamber president Frankie Giroux.

Overall it went well, says Giroux.

“We tried to grow the event from last year,” she says. “Moonlight Madness has definitely changed over the years, but our die-hard businesses stepped up to participate and we hope more will.”

Kim Hughes, the Chamber manager says she’d like to thank Dennis Roth and Bernie McNeil, for helping run the parade, among other helpers.

“I hope to continue to improve it, year over year,” she says.

The Drewniak family Pac Man ghosts put in an appearance on the Revolution Ford float, changing colours as they went.
This looks like a scene from a certain Stephen Spielberg film……just before something very scary happened.


The fog rolled in just about the time the parade started, giving it an eerie appearance at times.
Does that fire ring have ‘Slave Lake Chamber of Commerce’ carved out of the metal wall? Why yes it does! The new device was unveiled at the Moonlight Madness event on Nov. 15 for the first time, having been built and donated to the Chamber for the purpose by Herb’s Heavy Equipment Repair in Slave Lake. By the way, that’s Sid Chalmers leading an impromptu choir of carol singers at the Light-Up event on Nov. 15 in downtown Slave Lake.
What to do while waiting for a parade? Build snow men of course! Or maybe snow forts.

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