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November 26, 2020 By Julie Turner

Merriment on Main

Merriment on Main has been a popular Vacaville holiday tradition since 1983. Hosted annually by The Reporter, the event has grown into a large street festival that is now managed by a dedicated nonprofit organization founded in 2018. The centerpiece is a giant decorated tree at the Three Flags Monument at the intersection of Davis and Main streets.

One of the event’s highlights is the traditional tree lighting, which occurs on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions on group gatherings, a public tree lighting event will not be held but the community will still have the joyous tradition of the massive Merriment tree throughout the holiday season.

Organizers of the 2020 tree have dedicated it to the community’s first responders. The tree will honor the police, fire, healthcare workers, food service employees and essential workers who have served the community throughout the pandemic, recognizing all they have done to keep our community safe, fed and cared for.

The Merriment Board opted to cancel fundraising for 2020 and instead asked that donations be directed to those in the community who are in need due to the pandemic. Thanks to the generosity of past sponsors and supporters, enough reserve funds were available to fund this year’s tree, its installation and decorations.

Learn more about Merriment on Main or how you can get involved in future events.

Image copyright Crystal Lynn Collins

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