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Discover Hayward’s Tradition-”Lure” Of Lights

When two friends wanted to see Hayward shine “Brighter” than it already did they decided to start with big dreams and a vision of what could be.  That is when Haywards “Lure” of Lights began in 2010.

We invite everyone from the surrounding communities and the Twin Cities to come to Hayward and enjoy a magical time in our community.  It starts on Friday, November 23 and ends Tuesday, January 1.  Lights turn on at dusk.  Smore pits every Saturday.

Here is a list of events going on through the month:

  

Ugly Sweater 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, December 1 – 5K Ugly Sweater Run 10:00 am.  

Show up in your favorite ugly Christmas sweater and participate in the 5k run/walk everybody has been talking about. Prizes for first, second and third place finishers. There will also be an award for “ugliest costume”. 
Registration is $15 and can be paid the day of the event. To pre-register please click on the link and fill out the form below.  https://www.alureoflights.com/event-registration

Hot Chocolate Crawl- Rd 1

Participating Businesses on Main Street
Saturday, December 1st at 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Ballots available at all participating businesses.  

Visit downtown area businesses in search of Haywards tastiest Hot Chocolate. Each participating business will give you a sample of their finest blend in hopes you will give them a 5 snowflake rating! You are the judge in this family-friendly coco competition. 
*No registration needed for crawlers
*No cost to crawl thanks to your local participating businesses.

Light Your Engines! Parade

Saturday, December 8th at 6:00 PM
Line-up: 5:00-5:45 near the Armory & Primary School.

Hot Chocolate Crawl- Rd 2

Participating Businesses on Main Street
Saturday, December 15th at 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Ballots available at all participating businesses

Visit downtown area businesses in search of Haywards tastiest Hot Chocolate. Each participating business will give you a sample of their finest blend in hopes you will give them a 5 snowflake rating! You are the judge in this family-friendly coco competition. 
*No registration needed for crawlers
*No cost to crawl thanks to your local participating businesses.

Gingerbread Contest

The houses may be turned into Hayward Mercantile Co. between Dec. 12th  and Dec 15th 2018.  Judging will be on Dec 22nd 2018.

Gingerbread houses will be judged on the most creative house, yard, etc..  The platform size for the contest shall be no larger than 11”x17” (jellyroll pan size).
Categories include:  Adult, Business, and Kids under 16.  

All applicants must have form provided Click on the link to register. https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/2a7bdf_215941ff86d04593bfbb5133a13fbb9b.pdf   Forms are available at Hayward Mercantile Co.  Please fill out and return to Hayward Mercantile Co. with your gingerbread house.

The houses will be on display at area businesses until noon on Dec. 24, 2018
Winners of the contest will be announced on Dec. 22, 2018, at Hayward Mercantile Co. There will be one prize for each category.

“Chilly” Cook-off & Winter Beer Bar

Saturday, December 22nd at Noon

We don’t let the cold weather stop us from having some fun outside at our 3rd annual “Chilly” Cook-Off and Winter Beer Bar on Main Street. Local legends submit their best chili recipe for you to enjoy and YOU are the judge. Cast your ballot for your favorite and help determine the next Chili Champ!

For those 21 years of age and older, The Whistle Punk will be serving up your favorite winter brews. We will have fun games for the family and s’more pits as always.

Cost for chili and/or beer bar: $5-$15. All Proceeds go to A “Lure” of Lights.
No cost for participation in games and s’more pits thanks to our generous sponsors.

If you think your chili recipe has what it takes, click on the link to submit your entry form today. https://www.alureoflights.com/event-registration  Entry fee is $10. You are responsible for providing a crock pot and serving spoon for your chili. 

Awards:
1st Place- $100 in local dining
2nd Place- $50 in local dining
3rd Place- $25 in local dining

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