Wow! What a great fourth of July in Big Canoe!! I’m still recovering from a full day and night of fun. It all started with the Bike Parade. We arrived a little late but the kiddies were in full force riding their decked out patriotic bikes and scooters. There had to be about 30 bikes! After the parade a large crowd gathered in the field for the family games. Luckily Sam Rothermel and his handy megaphone were there to head up the activities! There were 3 legged races, sack races, wheelbarrow races, egg tosses, balloon tosses, hulu hoop contests, and a good old fashioned Tug O’ War! Kids parents and grandparents all joined in the games and had a blast!
After 2 hours of sun and fun in the field we all headed to the Wildcat pool for swim races and the Clubhouse Grill cookout. Plenty of ambitious swimmers got to strut their stuff across the pool while friends and family cheered them on from the pool edge. That sure cooled everyone off.
We went home for a brief siesta to rest up for the fish fry at my In-Laws and then the fireworks. The fish fry was fabulous featuring perfectly cooked shrimp and grilled flounder with pineapple mango salsa – Mmmmm Zesty!!! Homemade peach ice cream was a big hit too! The peaches were purchased from a local orchard and were delicious.
The grand finale was the gathering at Playfield Park to watch the fireworks over the dam. I got there late but lucked out with a great parking spot right near the playground. I found a large group of friends who had a whole buffet set up near their screened tent! We set up our chairs and the kids ran around on the field with sparklers, glow-sticks and Frisbees. While they frolicked I was offered some “kick your booty” punch from a highly respected neighbor, hee hee!! Yum! The best part was that everywhere I looked there were people I knew and liked. The fireworks were the best ever! Many “oohs and ahhhs” were heard throughout the crowd. (Maybe they were talking about that punch!)
Please enjoy some of the pictures from the fun day!!!
Life in Big Canoe, Real Estate in the Mountains
Karin Elliott July 6th, 2008