MANCHESTER - The 4th Annual Lighted Tractor Parade steps off from the Dorr Farm on Saturday evening, Dec. 7 with Megan Smith, Vermont's Commissioner of Tourism and Marketing leading the way. The parade is part of "Manchester Merriment" sponsored by the Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce, which this year was named a "Top 10 Vermont Winter Event."

The Main Street Lighted Tractor and Float Parade - a major highlight of Merriment - steps off from the Dorr Farm at 5:15 p.m., and can be viewed along Bonnet Street and Historic Main Street at 5:30 p.m. The tractor parade features the Springfield Marching Band and floats from regional non-profit organizations - Big Brothers Big Sisters, Community Food Cupboard, Cub Scout Pack 333, Community Sharing Project, Dorset Players, GNAT, Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, Long Trail School, The Manchester Journal, Manchester Lions - Elf Express, PAVE and Special Olympics - with Santa making a special appearance.

Also taking place this weekend will be the Annual Holiday Inn Tours begin featuring 15 inns and lodgings across the region dressed in their holiday best (noon to 4 p.m.), and an afternoon wine tastings at The Perfect Wife from 3 to 5 p.m. Tickets for all on sale at the Chamber.

Special thanks go to our presenting sponsor Orvis. Supporting sponsors are Cape Air, Efficiency Vermont, The Perfect Wife, Spiral Press Cafe and Vermont Renewable Fuels and dozens of local business who are Merry Makers - thanks to all who have helped grow the event.

For a full schedule of events and ticket information visit call 802-362-6313.