The Great Lisbon Farmers Feed the Hungry Christmas Parade, presented by the Howard County Farm Bureau and held on Dec. 9, 2017, raised more than $15,000. Snow added more merriment to the annual event, which attracted more than 1,500 people to historic Lisbon, in western Howard County.

Led by local farmers driving their festively-decorated tractors and hauling wagons full of spirited locals, plus the seasonally-adorned horse-drawn carriages and saddle horses trotting up Lisbon’s Main Street, the holiday parade with a mission went off without a hitch.

Sittin’ Down to Eat

More than 2,000 pounds (one ton) of nonperishable food was donated along the 2017 parade route and was evenly distributed to two food banks: the Howard County Food Bank and Carroll County Food Sunday. It marked an increase of more than 1,200 pounds from the 800 pounds of food that was donated in 2016.
The more than $15,000 total was raised at the event through the support of parade participants, sponsors and spectators. Since its beginning, the parade has raised more than $65,000 to feed the hungry.

A check was presented to the beneficiaries on April 12 during the Howard County Farm Bureau’s Annual Legislative Dinner. Both food banks received $5,000, while $2,000 was presented to the fire department and the charity.

Come December

The next Great Lisbon Farmers Feed the Hungry Christmas Parade will kick off at noon on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. Learn more by visiting