National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) chapters across the country have been getting in the holiday spirit over the past few months, sponsoring and organizing a variety of events that bring their communities together.
Festivities began early in downtown Rockford, IL, the Saturday after Thanksgiving with a kickoff parade.
Jack Battel, Chapter Executive of NECA’s Northern Illinois Chapter, said the Labor-Management Cooperation Committee (LMCC) between the chapter and IBEW Local 364 was the premiere sponsor of the parade for the Stroll on State.
He said their commitment included $20,000 to help the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau present this kickoff for the holiday season. (The LMCC also donates to Toys for Kids during the holidays.)
The family-friendly event had many attractions, including ice sculpting, live holiday music, carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides and SantaLand, according to an article in the Rockford Register Star.
In the same region of the country, NECA’s Quad Cities Chapter is sponsoring its second annual Lighting the QCA holiday decoration contest.
According to an article in the Quad-City Times, the contest is in conjunction with the newspaper.
Local residents have been asked to submit a photo of their outside holiday decorations to be eligible for one of three prizes.
The voting process has begun and continues through Christmas Day. The finalists with the most votes will win, and the winners will be announced Dec. 28.
View entries here
Big lighting displays have become commonplace in communities across the country.
More than 40,000 white lights outline Lansing, MI, for example, during the capital city’s annual Silver Bells in the City throughout the holiday season. NECA and IBEW Local 665 are the sponsors of the parade portion of the event, now in its 33rd year.
Silver Bells in the City has grown significantly over the years. “Over sixty units and ten area high school marching bands will sparkle with thousands of lights as they make their way through the streets of downtown Lansing,” according to the event’s website.