Line up at 2PM at the Dam
Decorate your boat in one of the following 3 categories: 1. Best Theme Representation (Pride in our Past, Faith in our Future); 2. Most Patriotic; 3. Most Original/Creative. Every entry wins something this year! Grand Winner also get the new traveling award - the GOLDEN PONTOON. The MAYOR’S ICE CREAM BOAT follows the Boat Parade, with frozen goodies on board, courtesy of sponsor Rick Schupp (Hiland Dairy). To register for the Boat Parade, call or email Event Leader Rick Griffin (913-208-2412 / Griffir78@yahoo.com).
Help celebrate the Future of our Lake Community! Kids and their families decorate their bikes, wagons and strollers in 3 categories (same as those listed below under Boat Decoration Contest) and parade on the asphalt trail around the ball field with residents cheering them on! Event Leader is Tammy Stribling (417-849-8941).
Here’s what you’ve been waiting for! Who’s the lucky winner of the golf cart? Who will win the kayak, the gas grill, the 43 inch TV? You don’t need to be present to win, but it’s fun to see whose tickets get drawn! Who won the House Decoration Contest? Who are the Firecracker Awardees this year? Who outbid whom for the Silent Auction prizes?
Larry Marsh again coordinates the flag raising ceremony, where we honor our veterans and fallen heroes and pledge our allegiance to this great nation. Lake resident Les Petersen will lead us in singing the National Anthem, followed by an inaugural speech by Mayor Dennis Todd where he will share his thoughts about Independence Day and what it means to our community.
This year’s Pancake Breakfast is dedicated to the memory of Lake resident Ed Bradley who passed away earlier this year. Ed and Bank Liberty sponsored the Pancake Breakfast for the past 13 years! Enjoy pancakes, sausage and fruit as you socialize with your friends and neighbors. Adults $5, kids $3. Sample the Mimosa and Bloody Mary bar. Call Event Leader Teresa Brinkmeyer with questions (808-1240).
The Annual Fun Run/Walk provides a perfect way to get some exercise and work up an appetite for the pancake breakfast. The winner will be the person who comes closest to the time they predicted it would take them to walk or run around the lake. (No watches allowed.) Guests visiting for the Fourth Celebration are welcome to participate. For more information, contact John Douglas at 741-2670 or email@example.com. No need to pre-register, just meet John in the Community Building parking lot at 7:45 am. The competition will begin promptly at 8:00 am. It will be a fun way to start the day!
*First on the agenda is the WASHOES TOURNAMENT from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Registration for the tournament starts at 5 pm near the South Park restrooms. Early registration is encouraged - email Adam Sawatzke at firstname.lastname@example.org. 1st place gets half the buyin money, with the rest going to the 4th of July fund. Questions? Call Event Leaders Allyson & Adam Sawatzke (723-1484 / 723-1485)
*Next is the MARGARITA CONTEST from 6 - 7 pm, with winners announced shortly thereafter. Compete for bragging rights and fabulous prizes! This year there will be Judge’s Pick and People’s Choice winners (use your food tickets to vote for your favorites). We provide the liquor ahead of time, and you make your tastiest concoction and bring 2 gallons of extra margaritas for public sampling. Register to participate by emailing Allyson Sawatzke at email@example.com. Entries should be submitted to the check-in table by 5:30 pm. Questions, call Event Leader Larry Marsh (746-4573).
*Satisfy your growling stomach with a WALKING TACO (3 tickets) starting at 6 pm until the serving line runs out. Tickets for food/snacks may be pre-purchased at the 4th of July Store during store hours, at the Store ticket booth at Margarita Madness, or from the ticket sellers wandering through the crowd. Still hungry? Check out the SNACK CART - pop, water, candy and more, $1 or 1 ticket each.
*THE SUBURBANS provide our musical entertainment from 7:30 - 11 pm, and promise to have you up and dancing. This group is seriously FANTASTIC - you won’t want to miss them!
Line up at the spillway in advance of the start time so your watercraft may be checked for a current Zebra Mussel sticker. No sticker? No participation! Junior (14 and under) and senior (15 and above) categories, with prizes given for each category. Coast -guard approved flotation is urged for each participant; participants under 7 years old are required by Missouri law to wear a life jacket. Contact Event Leaders Ann Veith (587-1956), Randy Gerard (913-908-5670), and Guy Groves (804-2392) with any questions.
A sentimental favorite for participants and spectators! Line up along the dam starting approximately 1 hour before the race so your boat may be checked by the Zebra Mussel Committee. Only Lake Waukomis watercraft with a current Zebra Mussel sticker may participate. Separate heats for canoes/kayaks and paddleboats. Coastguard approved flotation is encouraged for each participant; kids under 7 years old are required by Missouri law to wear their life jackets during the entire water activity. Watermelons donated by the event sponsors, Danny and JoEllen Spini (Global Produce). Questions? Call Event Leader Dale Crouch (389-9984).
Boat on over to Mickie Schroeder & Jeff Jan’s house (141 N. Shore) and tie up to your neighbors for Monday dinner. Bring your own eats and drinks, or flag down the Waukomis Food Boat to purchase hot dogs and chips for $2. Various Snack Cart items may also be available on the Food Boat. Cash or food tickets accepted. Call Event Leader Sarah Shinogle (507-7909) with questions.
( Participants line up at South Park at 5:45, judging takes place at 6:15)
Decorate your golf carts, cars and motorcycles, and ride off into the sunset. Prizes will be given for Most Patriotic, Closest to the Theme, and Crowd Pleaser. Don’t forget to bring some candy to share with spectators. Thoroughbred Ford is our generous sponsor! Questions, call Event Leaders Jon & Rebecca Hart (896-7188 / 314-971-2667).
We will attempt a new World Record for longest lake float. Participants must purchase the authorized float tubes which will be sold door to door (only $10) in June. Detailed instructions will be provided when you sign up to participate and purchase your float tube. Contact Event Leader Louisa Libby (830-7404) with questions. Sponsored by Smithville Marine, Community 1st National Bank (Linda Jordan), and Jim DeArmond.
Baking Contest participants (amateurs only, please).may pick up a copy of the rules and register at the Fourth of July Store in the community center or by calling Jennifer Croan (695-1984). Entries are limited to pies and/or cakes. Registered bakers may bring their entry to the community center from 2-4 pm today. Judging this year will be closed, so the community room will be locked from 4 until 5:30. There will be a prize for first, second, and third place. Beginning at 7 pm, the Ice Cream Social kicks off with our favorite Hiland ice cream, courtesy of Rick Schupp, will be available at $1 per scoop. You can finish it off with a topping of your choice or add a slice of pie or cake for only $1. Around 8 pm, you’ll enjoy some patriotic favorites by the Rain Dance Singers, featuring lake talent Jim Edwards, Hannah Dowell, Missy Mock Beatty, and Kris Kulsrud. Call Ice Cream Social Event Leader Kenny Kieser (913-424-8128) if you have any questions.
Lake resident Mark Gibson will be smoking pork butts for Pulled Pork Sandwiches, served up with beans and a side salad, only $5 a plate. You may also bring your own picnic meal if you prefer. Pork sponsors are Jon & Rebecca Hart (JHart Enterprises), beans and side salad sponsors are Jeff & Jan Lacy, who are also the Event Leaders - call them with questions (808-1753).
Event Leader Tom Hay (741-0277) is the coordinator for our 4th of July activities related to ‘all things golf’’. Need cash to enter: $1/shot; $5/6 shots; $20/25 shots. Winners of Closest to the Pin and Frisbee Golf get a round of golf for two w/ cart at Hodge Park, courtesy of sponsor Tim Underwood.
There will be competition for itty-bitty kids up to big kids, ages 2 - 12. Games will continue consecutively until done. Some of the games will have all ages together, and some will be split out into 2 groups. Prizes for everyone! Call Event Leader Emily Slaton (682-3903) with questions. Kid’s games may be canceled in the event of rain.
WATER BALLOON TOSS: All ages
SPONGE DODGEBALL: Preschool - 2 yrs; 3 yrs and up.
BUCKET RACE: 3 little kids; 3 big kids.
FROZEN T-SHIRT RACE: All ages
3-LEG RACE: All ages
SACK RACES: All ages
TUG OF WAR: North vs. South
North Shore led by Bob Westrick,and South Shore with Tom Hay at the helm, compete for the win. Last year, North Shore squeaked by South Shore with a score of 8-7, so Hay and teammates will be looking for revenge! Contact Event Leader Larry Marsh (746-4573) with questions. Pizza and pop provided by sponsors Ever-Ready Pest Control (John & Candi Nation) and Kelly Bailey Real Estate
This popular event is a spectator must-see and with our asphalted trail, you can watch pets and owners do their best strutting! Judges will assess costumes and look for best execution, best pet/owner lookalikes, most elaborate. Judges will also assess pet behavior, looking for most obedient, most playful, best actor/actress (i.e. acts like costume, e.g. pet in police costume would bark, confront other dogs, direct traffic, etc.) Pets will also demonstrate their special ‘talents’ - a trick, a song, roll-over, shake paws, whatever… Prizes for all participants. Questions? Contact Event Leader Jeff Jans (914-447-2745). Event is sponsored by Pete & Mac’s - Prairie View Rd.
A fun way to kick off our 4th of July celebration is with BINGO, hosted by Event Leaders Jim & Theresa Edwards (587-1969). Great prizes! And if you’re hungry? Chow down on hamburgers, hot dogs, and fries from Humdinger’s Food Truck or enjoy White Horse Café/Pub’s salads and wraps (and don’t forget about those yummy bake sale items!). Cash or credit cards accepted (no meal tickets). Sponsored by Community 1st National Bank (Linda Jordan).
Donated items (baked or bought) may be dropped off at the Community Building Thursday, 6/28, from 5-7 pm and Friday, 6/29, from 3-6 pm. This event is sponsored by the Lake Waukomis Women’s Club and led by Rebecca Hart (314-971-2667). All proceeds go to the 4th of July Fund.
Decorate your house and yard streetside using a 4th of July theme. The contest is sponsored by Linda Lober Hinds (Platinum Realty). Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Judging will take place on Monday, July 2nd, with winners to be announced at 10:30 am on July 4th. Call Event Leader Teddi Wolff (654-5830) with any questions.