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  • Roger Sims, Journal Staff

LIGHT UP Pleasanton parade set to roll on Saturday evening

Updated: Dec 8, 2022


Roberts Family Dental Care from La Cygne cruises down Main Street to win the first-place prize in 2021. (Journal file photo)


PLEASANTON – This Saturday, Dec. 10, will be arguably the most festive of all Christmas celebrations in Linn County this year. The “LIGHT UP Pleasanton” event features Christmas-theme floats from area businesses and organizations rolling down Main Street festooned in lights and decorations.

The brainchild of Pleasanton-area resident Danny McCullough, this will be the fourth year that the event will be held. Initially started to bring the Pleasanton community together to celebrate the holiday, the event gets better each year.


Last year’s entries went all in to decorate their floats, and they came from all over the county.

The entries will line up near the First Christian Church at the intersection of Sixth and Main streets beginning at 5 p.m. The parade will begin its way south on Main through the downtown area about 6 p.m., McCullough said.


While the parade is the headline event, there is plenty else going on that evening as well.


Beginning at 4 p.m. the Pleasanton High School sophomore class and Johnson Automotive are sponsoring “Soup & Santa” fundraiser at the Pleasanton Community Center. Chili, soup or hot dogs will be served along with hot chocolate. And to keep warm while waiting for the parade to begin, Bingo with Santa will also be at the community center.


After the parade, Santa will also be on hand at the community center for photos and to take toy requests from the kids. Goody bags will also be distributed as well.


For more information on LIGHT UP Pleasanton, follow this link.


The parade is just one way the city is getting into the Christmas spirit. The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce is also conducting lighting contests for both residences and businesses located in the city’s business district.


First-place prizes for both residential and business lighting contests is a $100 Chamber Bucks gift card. Second place receives a $50 gift card and third place wins a $25 card.


Chamber Buck cards are redeemable at participating local businesses for groceries, water bills, other goods and services.

The entries will be judged Dec. 17 through Dec. 20, and the winners will be announced on Dec. 21. For more information, contact Pleasanton City Hall at (913) 352-8257.

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