Community gathers to celebrate July 4 with boat parade and fireworks | Anterior lake
The popular and patriotic 4th of July boat parade and fireworks display presented by the Prior Lake Association went off without a hitch over the holiday weekend, despite the rainy weather.
Association president Adam Proehl said he doubted the show would go ahead but the parade would go ahead as planned.
“All weekend, we were certainly nervous to be able to make it, but the weather cooperated,” said Proehl, adding that 17 of the 23 participants showed up. “We had so many great entries, which made judging both fun and challenging.”
This year’s winners were members of the Goodman, Olson, Johnson, Cuka, Dillon, Ray and Schafer families of Prior Lake, who had a “Top Gun” themed pontoon deck adorned with a US Navy ship. The float included two realistic inflatable F-14 “Super Tomcat” pool toys. Participants also dressed up as some of the characters from the film.
The group also won last year’s boat parade with their “Cow’s Baywatch” themed boat.
“Most importantly, we wanted participants to have fun riding a float with family and friends and hear cheers as they cross the channel into the lower lake,” Proehl said.
Here are the winners of the boat parade on July 4, 2022:
- 1st place: “Top Gun” theme, price $500
- 2nd place: Also a “Top Gun” theme, price $250
- 3rd place: Candyland Cove, prize $100
Honorable mentions (each received a $40 gift card to Charlie’s on Prior):
- Prior Pirates
- The Goose is Loose – combination of the “Top Gun” theme with a local angle
- The Loon – What Makes Prior Lake Special
- Swimming in the bay
The most patriotic:
- Karrie Schuller, prize of $250
Best Lakers Pride:
- Prior Lake is One in a Minion, price $250
Fireworks light up the sky
After the boat parade, the community enjoyed a fireworks display.
“The fireworks went off without a hitch,” Proehl said. “We’ve heard from so many people through Facebook, personal messages to me and other board members, and general comments that the show has been well received. Seeing those comments and messages makes it all work. “
Proehl said the 56th annual fireworks could not have taken place without the support of the community, including corporate and individual donors, the town of Prior Lake, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the Knotty Oar marina.