Commodore Bob Myers chose the entry of “Lake Wawasee History,” entered by the nonprofit group Women of Today, as his choice for the Commodore’s Trophy. The Pontoon of Justice, entered by Jim Kroemer of Harbourside Condominiums, was chosen the winner of the Wawasee Property Owners Association Award, with Dewight Jewett’s entry of “Spongebob Squarepants” and the youth on the boat proudly singing the theme song from the cartoon to capture the DNR award.
Jerry and Mary Juergen¹s annual entry recognizing the military, won the Most Patriotic award, a new award this year, for their entry of Army Cartoons. A last minute entry featuring the Flintstones won the Most Original, however, the individuals who entered the float are unknown.“Pirates of the Sandbar” won the award for Best Lake Wawasee History and was entered by Kathleen Jones, Constitution Drive, Syracuse.
Neighborhood wins went to the Sleepy Owl entries from Jeff Larson of Garfield and Yogi Bear for first, and the pink flamingos – entered by Deb Farmer, East Hatchery Road, Syracuse – taking second.
Pricket Properties entry of Peanuts won the business/commercial award with second going to Teghtmeyer Ace Hardware¹s entry of “Smurfs.”
Wawasee Kiwanis entry took first in non-profit followed by Mike Boone¹s entry of Pepe LePew. Fritz Kreutzinger¹s entry of “What¹s Up Doc?” took first in youth division followed by Michael Kenney¹s entry of Youth Wagemaker Wolverine.
Winning the antique boat award was Robert Vandal¹s 1948 17-foot Chris Craft Deluxe Runabout and Tod Roger¹s 1967 Century won the wooden boat award.
Winning the shore awards were Spink Condominium taking first with their Mario Brother’s vision.
Other shore entries included Harborside Condos with the Harborside Loonies and Bob McNary’s Wiley Coyote and Road Runner.
A total of 17 entries participated this year. Due to low levels of the lake, the Flotilla could not travel as close to shore as in years past, much to the disappointment of some along shore. However, many boaters lined the route to see the entries as they passed various locations.
For a complete photo gallery of winners, see this week’s issue of The Mail-Journal.