Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Lake Wedowee Fourth of July Boat Parade 2013


American Pride

This year's Fourth of July Boat Parade will see a few changes in organization, but spectators won't even notice.

"We are really utilizing all that Lakeside has to offer this year," Kelly Caldwell, event organizer, said.
Participating boats will pick up registration packets at the first dock at Lakeside near the beach area of the campground.

"We are also excited that the Randolph County Sheriff's Department will be our grand marshals this year and will lead the parade through its course," Caldwell said.

The route will continue a little further north this year past Wedowee Marine so more of the homeowners in Wright Way Estates will have an opportunity to see the parade from their homes.

"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 "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 be respectful in your use of the American flag as not to offend  any of our proud military active or retired that may be in attendance. 

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 or Lake Wedowee Life Magazine. Registration ends July 3rd at 5 p.m. The entry fee is $10.00


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