4th of July on Crystal Lake

For the 2nd year in a row, I have had the unique opportunity to experience the 4th of July at Crystal Lake similar to my childhood days.   We tend to take for granted our surroundings and the people we share our lives.   On Saturday while all the events were taking place, I  witnessed the people on the lake cheering the kids as they fished and as they kayaked to a finish line, as families came together to decorate their golf carts for the golf cart competition, it was amazing.    As everyone, young and old, danced under the moonlight as the water sparkled from the lights of the clubhouse and then the fireworks under a beautiful moon that lite up the sky as the music of Neil Diamond’s America and Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA played.  I thought back over my youth and my memories of the lake and my family and neighbors.   It may also have been a time of turmoil, but not here, not at Crystal Lake.    The same goes for now, the world seems to be spinning out of control but there is solace among the Hills.  

4th of July Events


Fishing Competition for 13 and younger – Winner: Braden Cass – 

Most fish caught – 8 — Winner: Charlie Hyre

Kayak Race – 15 and under – Winner:  Bailey Holden

                         16 and over   –   Winner: Jackson Holden

Golf Cart Competition – 1st place – Vicki Smith

                                            2nd place – Dawn and Tim Friello

                                            3rd place – Rodney and Jeannie Stanley

                                            (14 Golf Carts Competed)

Hoop Shoot – 12 and under – Molly Frenzel

                          13 and over   – Tre Hyre

Egg Toss – All ages participated together and everyone was a winner

Water Balloon Battle – over 300 balloons were thrown and everyone got soaked

Turtle Catch –  Liam Hill – for most turtles caught – 14

                           Liam Hill – for largest turtle caught – 3 turtles at 8” each

Everyone enjoyed Ice Cream Cones and Lemonade

Saturday Evening

DJ – Jeff Jones provided music and everyone danced on the patio and the evening was organize by Jason and Michelle Brewer and Rob Holden and Sherri Bailey.  They provided fireworks and a big thank you goes out to all who donated to the fireworks.

Sunday Morning

2K Race – Winner – Bailey Holden

                   2nd place – Mary Cass and Braden Cass

Walking – Bretta and Treavor Hyre

                   Honorable Mention – Richie Beck Family

A big thank you goes out to all those that helped make this week-end such a success and so much fun.