The Delta Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce a "Kickoff to Christmas" community event this year, in conjunction with Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26. The Parade of Lights will be moved up to that weekend.
"In years past, we have done the Christmas parade on the first Friday of December, which has left us competing with Montrose and Grand Junction parades," said executive director Darnell Place-Wise. "It also happens to be a heavy weekend for high school sports, which means that a big number of families miss out. By moving up a weekend, to Nov. 26, we can create a real community event that will kick off in the mid to late afternoon and run into the evening. What's great about this is that we will be supporting our local businesses by working with them, and ultimately driving foot traffic through their doors. Kids will be home from college, there are no sporting events to go to; our hope is that it will be a wonderful community event where we can all come together and kick off the Christmas season! And of course we will end the evening with the Christmas parade and Santa!"
Deltarado Days dates are also moving to the last weekend of July, to July 27-30, 2017. Place-Wise explained, "The main reason for this is so that we are not competing with other fairs in the area, or the Night Vision event, like what happened this year. We are putting this out now, so that those planning family or class reunions have ample time to plan!"