4th of July, Blue Lake Style

6 Jul

Blue Lake 2009 Boat Parade

Blue Lake 2009 Boat Parade

Patriots waved their stars and strips around the Blue Lake Metropolitan Area Saturday, kicking off weekend celebrations under continued clear skies and warm sunshine.  Festivities on Blue Lake began with early-morning rifle firings and a more-American-than-apple-pie ATV rally in Pig’s Breakfast followed in the 11 o’clock hour by a rollicking boat parade.  “Party Boats” filled from port to starboard with enthusiastic heartlanders and adorned with red, white and blue beautifications dazzled shoreline spectators with a most vibrant display of pageantry.  The young ‘un in the fuzzy red wig jamming out on the recorder was particularly entertaining.
4th of July Balloon Boat on Blue Lake

4th of July Balloon Boat on Blue Lake

Boat Parade Shenanigans on Blue Lake

Boat Parade Shenanigans on Blue Lake

A bevy of picnics (including the Blue Lake Preservation Association‘s annual Independence Day shindig at Yawkee Hall in Hazelhurst) unleashed bountiful feasts later in the afternoon and featured menus including:
4th of July Dinner Plate

4th of July Dinner Plate

  • Bratwurst
  • Venison
  • Spicy Chicken Chunks
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Assorted Frito-Lay Products
  • Cucumbers with Crab Dip
  • Apple-Snicker Bar Salad
  • Ramen Noodle-Cabbage Salad
  • Green Beans Almandine
  • Wild Rice Casserole
  • Roasted Potatoes
  • Fruit Salad
  • Orange Tapioca
  • Pretzel Jello Crumble
  • Peach Cobbler
  • Chocolate Chip Nut Bar
  • Cupcakes
  • Rice Krispie Treats
  • Chocolate Mousse
  • Leinenkugle
  • Orangette
  • Coffee

After folks eventually put down the fork and folded up their paper bibs, the north-eastern and island territories set fire to the fuse, exploding fireworks over Blue Lake until at least 11:59 p.m.  The big booms and sparks excited the loons, who were ever more vocal during the final hour of the day.

Another Yikes About Town

As panicked as the loons, a collective gasp blew forth from a corner of celebrators in downtown Minocqua as a pickup truck towing a huge pontoon boat barreled over and crunched a sedan in the intersection of Milwaukee Street and 51 South directly following the 4th of July street parade. The pickup truck took the left onto 51 a bit tightly, smashed the car, realized what had happened and then… drove off in an apparent getaway maneuver at 15 mph.


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