It was a beautiful day with clear skies and calm water as enthusiastic boat parade participants circled Lake Metonga at 2:00 p.m. on July 6, 2013. Five judges shared the difficult task of choosing the top three entries. Each boat was judged on theme, originality, creativity, decoration and presentation. The artistic designs of the entries were exceptional. Only a few points separated the final scores of the participants.
First prize was awardee to the Jane Bastian crew for “METONGA DUCK DYNASTY”. The decorated boat looked like a moving duck blind with grass camouflage, ducks flying overhead, and authentic duck calls. Second place was awarded to the Jim Sommer crew for “I THOUGHT YOU SAID “GOAT PARADE.” This was a play on words. The participant’s costumes depicted Nanny Goats, Billy Goats and Baby Kid goats. Third place was awarded to the Keith Stamper crew for “BANANA BOAT”. This bright yellow decorated boat included a Top Banana and monkeys who cherish this fruit. Very realistic! All of there terrific designs and hose of boats decorated by other entrants together with the involvement and fun of the participants brought cheers from the viewers watching from the shore.
Following the parade, a cook-out sponsored by the Lake Metonga Association was held at Beachside Bar and Grill Resort and was attended by about 150 people. Managers, Jason Wittman and Derek Gretzinger, graciously provided the use of the restaurant/resort area for the gathering. Brats, Italian sausages, hot dogs, beans and the Metonga “Low Country Crab Boil” onsisting of red potatoes, onions, corn on the cob, smoked sausage and Lake Metonga’s infamous Rusty Crayfish, was a special treat. This delicious food was prepared by Tim Leonardelli and Dewey Karez. Raffles and contests for adults and kids, sponsored by Tim, highlighted this festive outing. Parade participants are already planning for next year. Plan to join this fun event.