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
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.
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.