The Valier Area Development Corporation’s (VADC) annual Winter Light Festival kick-off is Thursday, Dec. 3, from 6:30-8 p.m. The night will also include an abbreviated version of the town’s stroll event.

“There will be beverage specials, donuts and music at Folklore Coffee in downtown Valier sponsored by VADC,” invited VADC President Cheryl Curry.

The evening will also include farm fresh Christmas trees for sale by the Search and Rescue. Valier High School students will be selling holiday wreaths. The members of the local high school’s FFA and SkillsUSA chapters will be holding a hayride and bonfire.

“All the activities will take place in Valier’s downtown area,” said Curry.

 The Festival of Lights is a friendly competition open to all businesses and residential properties. A traveling trophy and cash award will be awarded to the business or resident showcasing the best display of Holiday Spirit and/or Vintage Valier.  

“Please plan to decorate your business, home, and yard in support of this event,” urged Curry. “It will brighten the town and help close out a uniquely challenging year in a ‘de-light-ful’ fashion! Consider having a challenge with your neighbors or friends to see who can come up with the best display,” she added.

Details of this competition are as follows:

• Participants will fill out an official entry form notifying the VADC of their desire to participate.

• Displays must be completed and on before the kick-off.

• Displays will remain lighted each evening through early January to draw post-holiday visitors to Valier.

• VADC will assemble a judging committee from the community and prizes will be awarded on Dec. 15. The trophy will remain at the winners’ place of business/residence until Dec. 1, 2021.

Curry reminds VADC members and anyone wishing to help with the upcoming ice fishing derby on Jan. 16 at Lake Frances to attend the planning meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 at the Valier Public Library.  

And finally, VADC Bucks are available for purchase at Curry’s Grocery or from Sheron Curry. They are available in  $10 increments and are perfect for gifts, year-end bonuses and stocking stuffers. The VADC bucks spend like cash at Valier businesses. The VADC reimburses businesses when they return the bucks to the VADC.

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