Flotilla – July 4

2016 Flotilla and Awards

The 2016 Fourth of July Flotilla was outstanding. There were over 20 boats/pontoons who participated with 13 competing for the Most Original, Most Patriotic and Best Overall awards. The voting committee, comprised of 17 judges ranging in age from 16 to 78, voted for their favorites in each category. The following are the contestants who placed and the awards they received. Gift cards, when mentioned, are from area businesses.

Most Original:

1st Place:  Schwartz Family – Hillary, Donald & Bernie  (plaque)

2nd Place: The Giddings Family – Star Wars ($25 gift card)

3rd Place: The Fossum Family – Merle Haggard live music ($20 gift card)

Most Patriotic:

1st Place: The Swanson Family – Twin Towers   (plaque)

2nd Place: The Fossum Family – Merle Haggard live music   ($25 gift card)

3rd Place: The Schwartz Family – Hillary, Donald & Bernie  ($20 gift card)

Best Overall: Schwartz Family – Hillary, Donald & Bernie  (Traveling Eagle)

Note: The Traveling Eagle is awarded to the “Best Overall” in the Flotilla and presented during the Annual Picnic at the Park. The recipient has their name and year listed at the base of the award and will retain procession of it until the following year Flotilla. The Traveling Eagle is a beautiful hand carved, wooden Bald Eagle which proudly stands about 2 feet tall. It was carved by Paul Rogers and first awarded in 2003. It’s fun to look at the award to see not only who’s received the award and in what year, but also to see how it’s gone back and forth between families who have competed to get the award back.

Awards were presented at the July 23, 2016 Picnic on Big Wood

Special thanks go out to all the participants and congratulations to all the winners.