Longtime community volunteer Tom King will have the place of honor overseeing Marysville’s brightest event to kick off the holiday season, the Electric Lights Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3.
The parade features a procession of vehicles, floats and walking groups decked out in festive holiday lights; it begins at 6:30 p.m. and travels south on State Avenue from the Municipal Court at 10th Street to Comeford Park at 5th Street. King and his family will ride in a car courtesy of Roy Robinson.“Tom has been an integral part of this community for so many years,” said Mayor Jon Nehring. “His community spirit and dedicated service make him a perfect choice for Grand Marshal.”One of King’s passions is the Marysville Community Food Bank, where he volunteers as a grocery pickup driver twice a week and dedicates many hours to the holiday Toy Store. Director Dell Deierling called King’s involvement “a great catch” for the food bank. “Everybody wants Tom because he’s such a great guy,” Deierling said. “He’s involved in everything.”King also is a charter member of the Marysville Kiwanis Club, where he has served as President for the last two years. King is “a wonderful guy who will never tell you no,” said fellow Kiwanian Mike Ferri. Over the years, King has spearheaded multiple Kiwanis fundraisers including benefit auctions and pancake breakfasts, and stored and delivered equipment to dozens of events.The Electric Lights Parade is the centerpiece of Merrysville for the Holidays, now in its 28th year. This free event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. offering family activities, an outdoor craft show, photo booths, a community bonfire and live holiday music. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by fire truck to light the water tower in Comeford Park, kicking off the holiday season. Non-perishable food and new, unwrapped toy donations are accepted throughout the evening.