Fill-a-bus has good first day to kick off festival weekend

Above: Spiker Equipment makes their annual donation ($2500) to the Food Bank during day one of collections. Below: The donations are offloaded at the food bank. – Photos courtesy of the Town of Morinville.


by Morinville News Staff

Morinville’s Annual Lite Up the Nite Festival kicked off softly Thursday to assist the Morinville Food Bank Society. The Town bus made the rounds to local businesses to take in the first day’s haul ahead of Friday’s day of collections at No Frills and Sobeys Morinville.

Day 1 saw donations from Morinville Hotel, My Strength Wellness Studio, Servus Credit Union, The Town of Morinville, RV City, Drayden Insurance, Putnam & Lawson, Garneau Manufacturing, and Spiker Equipment.

During Day 1 of Fill-A-Bus, 780 kilograms of food was collected along with $110 cash and $2500 from Spiker Equipment.

The Town Bus, Santa Claus, Town councillors and staff volunteers will assemble to take donations for the food bank at Morinville’s two grocery stores. The bus will be at No Frills from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at Morinville Sobeys from 1:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Lite Up the Nite Festival takes place November 25 through 27. Most activities during the weekend festival are free for the entire family. The highlight of the annual event is Saturday evening’s parade, the lighting of St. Jean Baptiste Park and fireworks display.


Saturday offers a variety of activities for children and families to enjoy from morning to night.

The Lions Club will hold their annual Breakfast with Santa event at the Rendez-Vous Centre from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. Cost is $5 per person or $10 for a family of four. Additional family members are $2 each.

The Cultural Centre will be home to a day of family activities from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with crafts, a hot dog lunch, photos with Santa, and bouncy castle activities. Children’s entertainer Mary Lambert will perform A “Mary” Christmas at 1 p.m.

The Lite Up the Nite Parade will depart from the cultural centre at 5:30 p.m. and make its way along 100 Avenue. Santa will light St. Jean Baptiste Park immediately after the parade and just before the annual fireworks show.

Other weekend activities include the Morinville Farmers’ Market Christmas Craft Fair at MCHS from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 26. Admission is $2 per person. The Museum will also be open from noon until 5 p.m. with their Old Fashioned Christmas display. Admission is free.

There will also be a Skate With Santa event Sunday at the Ray McDonald Sports Center from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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