Bluffton’s Blaze of Lights will cheer even The Grinch


By Amy Eddings - aeddings@civitasmedia.com



Various folk art displays decorate downtown Bluffton for the Blaze of Lights, a long-standing annual tradition.

Various folk art displays decorate downtown Bluffton for the Blaze of Lights, a long-standing annual tradition.


Amy Eddings | The Lima News

Various folk art displays decorate downtown Bluffton for the Blaze of Lights, a long-standing annual tradition.

Various folk art displays decorate downtown Bluffton for the Blaze of Lights, a long-standing annual tradition.


Amy Eddings | The Lima News

IF YOU GO

WHAT: The 2015 Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Blaze of Lights

WHERE: Bluffton’s business district, Main Street

WHEN: 4-8:30 p.m. Saturday

THINGS TO DO

4 p.m.: Ice sculptor Chad Hartson; food booths open

5 p.m.: Parade

6 p.m.: Entertainment on Main Street, including Bluffton High School’s Show Choir.

Post-parade: Horse and wagon rides, kiddie train rides, Santa and Mrs. Claus and Ronald McDonald meet-and-greet

7 p.m.: Paul Dyck turns on the Ream lights

BLUFFTON — The Blaze of Lights celebration on Saturday fires up the Christmas spirit in Bluffton, and no one will be needing it more than The Grinch. The grouchy green guy from the famous Dr. Seuss story is making his first visit to the annual affair.

“He’s going to be at the Touch of Sun Tanning Salon (324 N. Main St.) from noon to 3 p.m.,” said Fred Steiner, president of the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors Blaze of Lights. “You can take a picture with him if he’ll let ya!”

Also new this year is a painted cutout of a boy playing a board game, the latest addition to the Dorothy and Harry Ream folk art display on the lawn of the First Presbyterian Church at the corner of North Main and Cherry streets. The annual flipping of the switch to light the display will be around 7 p.m. Paul Dyck, the retired administrator of the Mennonite Memorial Home, will do the honors.

But there will be plenty to do before and after the lighting ceremony, including watching ice sculptor Chad Hartson carve a big snowflake out of a chunk of ice, a parade down Main Street with more than 100 floats, bands and other marching units and a horse-and-wagon ride. A complete schedule is available at the c’s website, www.explorebluffton.com.

Various folk art displays decorate downtown Bluffton for the Blaze of Lights, a long-standing annual tradition.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/11/web1_360_bluffton_blaze_skate_scene.jpgVarious folk art displays decorate downtown Bluffton for the Blaze of Lights, a long-standing annual tradition. Amy Eddings | The Lima News
Various folk art displays decorate downtown Bluffton for the Blaze of Lights, a long-standing annual tradition.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/11/web1_360_bluffton_blaze_front_teeth.jpgVarious folk art displays decorate downtown Bluffton for the Blaze of Lights, a long-standing annual tradition. Amy Eddings | The Lima News

IF YOU GO

WHAT: The 2015 Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Blaze of Lights

WHERE: Bluffton’s business district, Main Street

WHEN: 4-8:30 p.m. Saturday

THINGS TO DO

4 p.m.: Ice sculptor Chad Hartson; food booths open

5 p.m.: Parade

6 p.m.: Entertainment on Main Street, including Bluffton High School’s Show Choir.

Post-parade: Horse and wagon rides, kiddie train rides, Santa and Mrs. Claus and Ronald McDonald meet-and-greet

7 p.m.: Paul Dyck turns on the Ream lights

Reach Amy Eddings at 567-292-0379 or Twitter, @lima_eddings.

Reach Amy Eddings at 567-292-0379 or Twitter, @lima_eddings.

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