Correction: This event was sponsored by the Parks and Recreation as their first Christmas in July!
At least 49 pontoon boats flooded Wyandotte County Lake Park in front of the Beach House July 26 for the lake parade which was the finale part of the Christmas in July event. This was an inaugural event for families to thank the wonderful patrons of the lake, parks and other facilities.
The finale of the event invited boats, decorated with balloons, Christmas wreaths, lights and decorations and many waving, excited individuals, to pass in front of the Beach House.
"What really impressed me was how individual boat was decorated in the parade," said Helen Walsh Folsom, author and former executive director of the Leavenworth Road Association. "The bright lights and blown-up characters and how impressed the little children were as each boat passed."
Despite the hot weather, adults and children alike were swarming over the Beach House, playing games, eating and thoroughly enjoying the community day's festivities. Famous Dave's was on site serving and Cabela's had various displays.
"What an event!" said Lou Braswell, executive director of the Leavenworth Road Association. "The weather was hot, but not sizzling, the lake was as always FABULOUS!"
During the day, the Christmas in July event hosted games, vendors, and Christmas music. The event was sponsored by the Leavenworth Road Association (LRA) and hosted by Braswell and Courtney Mikesic, board member and candidate for a judgeship in the upcoming election. Many other volunteers also participated in the event.
"This has been an exciting day," Mikesic said. "However, it has also been extremely hot."
Mikesic said that Braswell was completely responsible for spreading the word to the boat owners about the parade on the lake event.
"She got the word out and this was our first year," Mikesic said. "It should be even more exciting next year."
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