By Deb Patterson
SYRACUSE — The 1960s were relived by those who participated and viewed the 60th Wawasee Flotilla today, Saturday, July 3.
Scooby Doo, The Flintstone, The Beatles, flower children, The Brady Bunch, the moon landing and 60s music booming from boat stereos were highlights of entrants on land and water. Hard work and imagination was seen in every entry.
The flotilla kicked off with Bill McCully driving Sandy and the late Dick Green’s 1993 Century Coronado leading eight wooden, antique and classic boats. A short time later, with the help of the Wawasee Lake Patrol, this year’s Commodores, The Herdrich Family, led 22 parade entries on their counter-clockwise journey around the lake. There were also six on-shore/pier entries boaters could view.
Families came out to their yards and on piers or gathered in boats around the lake to view this year’s entries.
The Herdrich family picked The Yellow Submarine entry by Women of Today as their choice for the Commodore’s Trophy. The trophy was awarded after the parade at the Spink Condo.
All other award winners will be picking up their prizes between 11 a.m. and noon Sunday, July 4, at The Channel Marker.
Additional winners of this year’s parade include:
Wawasee Property Owners Association Award — The Nelson/Beaudre entry of Scoobie Doo.
Department of Natural Resources Award — Smoker/Steele Families entry of the man on the moon.
It’s All Good Award — Lyndan Tenney entry on Peace, Love & Rock ’N Roll
Lake Wawasee History Award — Jim Kroemer’s Hippie entry
Youth Award — Thwaits-Yoder entry of Gilligan’s Island, first; Cherrie Castle’s entry of Groovin’ on the Lake, second
Most Original Youth Award — John Topham’s Gilligan’s Island entry
Most Spirited Youth Award — Lou Ann Tabor’s Flower Power entry
Groovy Youth Award — Amy Hallaert & Ashley Kenehanh’s entry of Peace Love & Woodstock
Psychedelic Youth — Colleen Cloud’s entry of Welcome to the ‘60s
Most Enthusiastic — David Kirch’s entry of Twisting to the ‘60s.
Most Spirited Family Award — Mark and Mary Violi Family’s entry of Peace Love & Happiness
Flotilla Seal Award — Will Glover
Neighborhood Award — The Price Family’s entry of The Flintstones
Most Patriotic Award — T.L. Jackson’s tribute to heroes.
Peace, Love & Happiness Award — Hope Huber’s entry of Summer Love
Hippie Award — TerI Johnson’s entry of the ‘60s
Far Out Award — Traub Family’s entry of Scooby Doo.
Business/Commercial Award — Wendy and James Hampton’s entry of the 1960s
Most Original Business/Commercial Award — Perry Glaney/Dean Lantz’s Nauti Waters entry of the 1960s
Wooded Boat Award — A Ventor, owner unknown, first; Tom and Maria Heinrich’s 2020 Hacker Craft, second
Antique Boat Award — Tom Hans, 1959 Cris Craft, first; Eugene and Patsy McNichols, 25-foot Christ Craft Sportsman, second.
Classic Boat Award — The Green Family’s 1993 Century Coronado, first; Mark Campbell, 1981 Century Coronado, second
On—Shore Award winners are:
Flotilla Seal — Bob McNary showing ‘60s patriotism
First Place — Alexa Ennis, the 1960s
Second Place — Kathy Silverman, featuring the moon landing in 1969
Groovy Award — Zipfel Family, The Brady Bunch
Most Spirited Award — The Arnold/West families theme of Moonin’ & Groovin’
Homeowners Association — Spink Condos 1960s theme.