FARGO, N.D. – Nearly 20 employees of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and Forum Communications Co. spent nearly 2,000 hours to prepare this year’s Forum float that appeared in annual Fargo-Moorhead’s Holiday Lights Parade.
The designers and fabricators used 2,000 lights to create the theme of “Olde Fashioned Holidays.”
“The FCC Creative Department took on the challenge to make this design,” said Sonjia Anderson, who organized the parade float again this year. “And they made a ‘wow’ idea become a reality, complete with background music to aid in the visualization.”
This year’s rendition of the theme was a horse-drawn sleigh bringing a gift of The Forum.
Helping design the float this year were Jamie Odum Thompson, Adam Zavalney, Jason Magstadt, Sarah Slaby and Bonnie Cook.
Those helping to create the majestic float were Amy Ouren, Todd Holland and Raj Chhetri, all of the Forum Circulation Department, and Forum General Manager Aaron Becher.
Walking with the float in the parade were Allison Leslie; Jenny Porter; Cook; Roz Randorf and her son, Simon; and Anderson, and her daughter Kellie Anderson.
And lastly, Anderson said there were others who contributed behind the scenes.
Ryan Babb, of the FCC video unit, helped with the video on the float and set up the speakers, as did Spider Johnk.
Dave Shasky, Forum building maintenance supervisor, was the “Ace Hardware Store” found within the building and helped find whatever was needed to make the project happen.
And, Anderson said, the project couldn’t have gotten done without the many efforts of Chris Berdahl, also of The Forum’s Circulation Department.
“This is a very busy time of year, as we all know, and so we thank those who took the time to participate,” Anderson said. “And despite temperatures that were dipping right around 10 degrees at the start of the parade, we had a team of courageous walkers who braved the cold and joined in! Thank you to the many people who made this float happen. Happy Thanksgiving!”
The Forum is owned by Forum Communications Co., a multimedia information company based in Fargo, and which owns dozens of newspapers, websites and television and radio stations, and commercial printing plants in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.