Thursday, May 24, 2012

American Pride returns to Lake Wedowee July 4

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Story by Kelly Caldwell

This July 4th will mark the 4th annual Lake Wedowee Fourth of July Boat Parade. The event’s organizers Kelly Caldwell, Randy Morris, and John Tinney are very enthusiastic that this year will be the best one yet.

“It will be interesting this year because the Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday,” stated Kelly Caldwell  “But, we decided to hold true to having the parade on the Fourth to avoid confusion.

"In the four years we have been doing this, the only time the event has not been on Independence Day was a few years ago when the holiday fell on Sunday. And, there was a lot of confusion that year..."

The parade route will remain the same this year with participating boats picking up their registration packets at RE/MAX Lakefront and then making their way to Wedowee Marine before returning to Lakeside Marina where the winners will be announced.

"We enjoy being a part of this every year," John Tinney said. "It is a fantastic way to express your American Pride and the decorations seem to get better every year."

This year there will be 5 categories to win first place in and 1 grand prize. The Grand Prize Category will be named “Pride in Wedowee”. This boat will have to encompass as many of the 5 categories  as possible. The winner will also receive recognition  with their photograph placed at all sponsor locations until next July Fourth.

“There have been so many great boats that it is hard to pick winners. We can’t make everyone a winner, but we want people to know how much we enjoy seeing their boats and what they have come up with.” stated event organizer Randy Morris of Wedowee Marine.

Other categories, which will receive only one winner for each will be: Most Outrageous, Star Spangled Celebration, Best Mascot,  and Most Spirited.

The Most Outrageous category will be awarded to the boat that is decorated...well most outrageous. It’s  for an “outside of the box” thinker and anything goes. Boats that are decorated in something that is not typically 4th of July, but still have American concepts will be perfect for this one. Some examples of past boats who could have won this prize would be last year’s winner "The 57 Chevy" or "Mickey Mouse."

The Star Spangled Celebration category will be awarded to the boat that exhibits the best use of the American Flag. Please see “Respect Our Flag” above to make sure your decorations are not discourteous to Old Glory as well as the spectators and others involved.

Best dressed mascot will be a fun category for everyone. Whether you have your pet dressed as Uncle Sam or your child dressed as Lady Liberty there is not restriction on who or what is your mascot.

Most Patriotic is the best way to show you American Spirit. The Red, the White, and the Blue are symbolic to America and our nation’s spirit.

To enter your boat please visit one of the sponsors, Lakeside Market & Grill, Wedowee Marine, Lake Wedowee Life Magazine and RE/MAX Lakefront. Registration ends July 3rd at 5 p.m. The entry fee is $10.00


Disappointing that there is no PWC category. We have a lot of Jet Skiers and it is difficult to decorate a small vessel to compete with the boats. Just a thought

We decided that since there is not enough participation with the PWC's at this time we will be doing away with that category until we have more than 1 or 2 entries.

Please do not be discouraged from entering. We understand it is a little more difficult to decorate a smaller vessel but there are other categories that can be won by a PWC!

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