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Capital City Lake Murray Country’s 2017 Boat Parade a red, white, and blue success!

Lake Murray, SC (Paul Kirby) The Capital City Lake Murray Country Fourth of July Boat Parade was a huge success again this year. More than 60 boats entered and hundreds more joined in to watch as some of the most creative minds of the area took to the waters of the lake to show off their artistic and engineering skills as they celebrated freedom and the birth of our country.

By noon, more than 100 boats had gathered around Lunch Island to await the official lead boat, the Fantasy Island, which carried the judges for the parade, special VIPs, and the staff of Capital City Lake Murray Country, the official tourism district organized to promote the “Jewel of SC," and the beautiful towns and cities of Lexington, Richland, Saluda, and Newberry Counties.

With a little prompting from Capital City Lake Murray Country’s Executive Director Miriam Atria and Special Events Coordinator Vickie Davis, the boats fell in line behind the Fantasy Island and began making their way toward the dam. The parade made a bee-line for the Lexington side’s recreation area where swimmers waved and saluted as the boats decorated with the stars and stripes and lots of red, white, and blue in other forms, paraded by.

Near the five towers of the dam, the Fantasy Island took a slightly slower line closer to the dam and the parade began to pass for judging. Everyone aboard the judging boat had an opinion, but for the most part all agreed on the top four boats in the parade.

When the score sheets were tallied, the results were as follows:

1st Place went to last year’s 2nd Place winner Regina Kelly

2nd Place went to Robyn King

3rd Place went to Michael Carroll

4th Place went to Missy Lawhorne

Congratulations to the winners, and a special thanks to all the participants who joined in to make the event so much fun and exciting.

On a note, I would personally like to thank the staff of Capital City Lake Murray Country for inviting me, the editor of The Lexington Ledger, to be one of the judges this year. Savannah Kirby and I had a wonderful time and it was a pleasure meeting Aaron Jamison and his beautiful family. Aaron is the owner of the Fantasy Island and was a wonderful host.

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