BLUFFTON — The season has come again for Bluffton to light up the night.
The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Blaze of Lights starting Saturday and running through Jan. 1.
While many area residents are familiar with the Christmas light displays that adorn many of the homes in the village, Fred Steiner of the chamber noted that there will be some new attractions at Saturday’s kickoff event.
“One of the new things we’re doing for the first time ever is called ‘Deck the Farm,’” he said. “This is a theatrical performance by a local troupe. This will explain some of the pieces used on the Presbyterian church lawn. Most people have no idea what the exhibit is all about, or they have forgotten. It’s an great old display.”
Saturday’s event will also feature an ice carving exhibition, a performance by the high school show choir and plenty of food, including a chicken barbecue at the Lions Club from 4 to 7 p.m. The biggest event, however, will be the parade, starting at 5 p.m.
“We’re really close to a 100-unit parade,” Steiner said, “and that will be our largest ever, and that translates out to about one hour. Right after the parade will be the ‘Deck the Farm’ performance in front of the church. Then the lights will come on at 7.”
According to Steiner, Bluffton will be a slow moving town for the next month as visitors enjoy the lights.
“By the end of December, if you need a gallon of milk on a Saturday night in Bluffton, you may as well forget it because there will be cars driving down the road at 10 miles per hour,” he said.