Venetian Night, September 1st, 2013

September 1st, 2013 (click images to view photo gallery)

It was a crazy stormy night complete with a lightening show in the clouds above. Then it cleared up and the illuminated parade of boats started to make their way around the lake. It was a little disjointed, one boat here, a group of boats there, then another boat. Very fun to watch as it looked like a party was happening on board each boat that passed. This year we promised prizes and with 7 boats in the parade, there were prizes for all. A big thank you to everyone who participated in the parade, the judges who picked the winners, and an especially big thanks to all of the businesses who donated the prizes. Those businesses were: Hampton Inn-McHenry, Dusty's Pizza, SubWay, Paulee's Pizza, Wonder Foods, and Wonder Lake Marina.
Here's the list of winners.
1 st Place: Dragon boat with Chinese theme, lots of red color - Gino Belmonte
2nd Place: Chinese theme boat with fire breathing dragon - Diane Bienlarez
3rd Place: Pirate Ship shooting bottle rockets for cannons - Rick Berndt
There was a 3 way tie for 4th place:
* Uncle Same Dancing with American flag in lights - Greg Pierce
* Blue scalloped lighting on the sides w/lights on top - Kent Stinger
* Tracer lights at water level which changed color, also lights on boat - Guy Hanson
Honorable Mention: White lights on boat with little ghosts - Tom Mrowka