Bennington planning live nativity and 1st annual lighted truck and tractor parade Saturday

  • In 2017, The Three Wise Men, Jon Manley, Mike Munhall, and Dave Beck wait for their cue to enter along with Peter Eppig as Joseph and the Donkey named Gene. Courtesy Photo

  • Young Victor Boucher gives the camera a side-eye as his mother Katrina Trow Boucher helps him into his Shepherd costume in 2017. Courtesy Photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, November 26, 2018 10:0AM

Bennington’s recreation committee is putting a unique spin on a townwide celebration for the holidays.

On Dec. 2 at 5 p.m., the committee is hosting the town’s first annual lighted truck and tractor parade.

“Celebrating holidays in Bennington can be tricky because we don’t have a huge downtown are where we can have a huge festival,” Bethany Craig, chair of the committee, said.

Craig said the idea came about as a way to engage more people in the town’s celebration of the holidays. The uniqueness of the event also creates more opportunities to bring people in.

“I had seen something similar on social media and I thought it would be really cool,” Craig said. “Pretty much everyone I know owns a car, it’s an easy thing where everyone can be involved.”

All vehicles and floats must have holiday lights, as it will be dark during the actual parade. Trucks, tractors, Jeeps, cars, and trailers are all allowed.

The darkness of the evening also means no walkers or marchers or throwing candy or other items.

“We don’t have a huge parade route, but it’s a good size for the town we live in,” Craig said. “We’re all really excited to see how it goes. I hope everyone feels welcome, it’s not just for Bennington residents.”

No pre-registration is required. The parade lines up on Eaton Avenue heading toward the Historical Society and travels the following route: Eaton Avenue to Main Street to Acre Street to School Street.

The parade is a part of a larger townwide event that begins at 3:30 p.m.

The event includes a petting zoo, holiday treats, children’s activities, a wreath sale, a lighting of the town’s Christmas tree, and a live nativity in front of the Bennington Congregational Church at 4:30 p.m.

Contact Bethany Craig at 588-2106 or bethanylcraig@yahoo.com with any questions about the parade.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com.