Shawnee boaters can do more than fish or ski from their watercraft on Independence Day this year as the Shawnee Twin Lakes Association hosts the inaugural July 4 Boat Parade.


Shawnee boaters can do more than fish or ski from their watercraft on Independence Day this year as the Shawnee Twin Lakes Association hosts the inaugural July 4 Boat Parade.
Association members and other boaters are invited to adorn their boats with patriotic decorations for the trip around the lake. Jo Davis, Shawnee Twin Lakes Association member, said three judges’ stations will be set up to decide the winning entry.
Registration begins at 2 p.m. July 4 at the loading ramp on Lake No. 1. Preregistration is encouraged at www.shawneetwinlakes.com.
At 3 p.m. at the ramp, Jim Townsend will offer remarks about Independence Day, and the presentation of colors will be made by Joe Freeman, commander of the Gill-Mattox American Legion Post 16, and Al Wright, commander of the Melvon Carnes Memorial VFW Post 1317. The parade, with the theme “Happy Birthday, America,” will begin at 3:15 p.m. and will last one and a half to two hours.
Entertainment for the day will be provided at the loading ramp by Darrell Gable, Diana Hunter, Karissa Marion and Kate Hunter. Gable is a member of the Oklahoma Opry Hall of Fame.
Davis said those who enter the parade are also eligible to enter the poker run for $5.
Prizes for the parade include:
• Best of Show — $75 gift certificate for year-end maintenance from S&D Boats.
• Most Patriotic — Two ski vests from David’s Sports Center.
• Best Personal Watercraft — Two ski vests from David’s Sports Center.
The Shawnee Twin Lakes Association was formed in 2005 and has more than 60 member families who live around the lake. Davis said the association strives to promote and protect the lakes; represent interests of members to Shawnee city officials; improve security around the lakes; meet neighbors; share information; and provide education on lake-related topics.
“We believe that Shawnee Twin Lakes is a recreational asset for all of Shawnee,” Davis said. “Our first annual boat parade is part of our ongoing effort to highlight the great family fun available at the lake.”
The Shawnee Police Department’s lake boat will lead the parade, Davis said. More than 15 boats have been entered so far, she said.
“We’re hoping for many more by the parade date,” Davis said. “The association hopes the citizens of Shawnee will come out and enjoy the parade and help us celebrate our country’s birthday and the indomitable spirit of America.”
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Jason Smith may be reached at 214-3932 or william.j.smith@news-star.com.