Moonlight Madness, probably

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

Moonlight Madness will be Friday, Nov. 20, unless the Alberta Health Services (AHS) COVID-19 restrictions change between the paper going to print and when it comes out.

Slave Lake and District Chamber of Commerce puts on this annual event.

Moonlight Madness is following all AHS restrictions to the letter, says Kimberly Hughes, Chamber executive director. There is a possibility that AHS will increase the restrictions, which would mean Moonlight Madness could be cancelled. However, for the moment the chamber board has told Hughes to “cautiously move forward” with promotion and planning.

Parade
If all goes as planned, on Nov. 20, Moonlight Madness starts with the Santa Claus Parade at 6:30 p.m.

Spectators are encouraged to stand in cohorts, with distance between them and other groups. They are also encouraged to wear masks.

The parade starts at the Hotel Northern Star on Main Street. It continues north on Main St. into downtown. On 6 Ave. NE, it turns right and ends at the C.J. Schurter School. (See Chamber ad for map).

The theme is “Superheros Celebrate Christmas.”

Candy cannot be thrown this year because of COVID-19. Singing is not allowed, physical distancing is required, and hand holding and linked arms is discouraged, among other requirements.

Window contest
Local businesses from shops to the industrial area can take part in the annual Moonlight Madness window decorating contest. No registration is necessary. The Lesser Slave Lake Regional Arts Council will drive around on the morning of Friday, Nov. 20 to choose a winner.

Gingerbread contest
The second annual Moonlight Madness gingerbread contest is at the Fix.

People have until 5 p.m. on Nov. 19 to drop off their entries, says Georgie Gauthier, Fix owner. Community members will judge the entries with the contestant’s names hidden. The winners will be announced at 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 20.

The gingerbread houses will be displayed all day Nov. 20 and 21, she adds. During this time, the public can vote for their favourite.

Sales and Market
Various businesses will have Moonlight Madness sales. These include Appara Shoes and Cozy Toes and Clothes.

The Moonlight Madness Market is in the Field House at the Multi Rec Centre off 6 Ave SW. On Nov. 20, the market is from 5 to 10 p.m. The beginning of the parade route is about a block away on Main Street.

“We’re full,” says organizer Megan McNeil. “I’ve been turning people (vendors) away for two weeks.”

The market is also Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is free and there are door prizes.

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