Heat fails to dim Harrison’s 4th celebrations

July 12, 2018

By Steve Landon
Correspondent

Enduring one of the longest early July heat waves in recent history Michigan residents and visitors took to the beach, lakes, shaded yards, homes and businesses with air conditioning to escape sweltering temperatures. Thankfully Harrison’s 20 lakes in 20 Minutes were just what the doctor ordered for our nations Independence Holiday. Cottages, campgrounds, beaches and boat launches we’re packed throughout this year’s week long celebration by folks longing for a little rest and relaxation in Northern Michigan.

Members of VFW Post 1075 proudly March by grateful Americans.

Members of VFW Post 1075 proudly March by grateful Americans.

Off the water Harrison’s ever-popular demolition derby presented by Unique Motor Sports kicked off holiday activities July 3, at the Clare County Fairgrounds in front of a packed grandstand. For those looking for a break prior to and during the action a new vendors area was set up under the grandstand offering a number of unique crafts. Another great fireworks display closed out the night.

Ambassadors and members of Clare County 4-H were on hand promoting a great youth program. See the kids and others in action at the Clare County Fair July 23 – 28.

Ambassadors and members of Clare County 4-H were on hand promoting a great youth program. See the kids and others in action at the Clare County Fair July 23 – 28.

 

Recovered from the previous days excitement folks headed for downtown Harrison for the Annual Fourth of July parade. This year’s Theme “Fairy Tales,” brought out a number of floats and marchers dressed as popular characters. The exceptional heat had little effect on the crowd. In fact the route was once again packed with spectators from start to finish. To help parade watchers cool off the Harrison Fire Department sprayed water from a

Colorful flags representing the armed forces and veteran groups  proudly wave in the breeze as they headed down the parade route.

Colorful flags representing the armed forces and veteran groups proudly wave in the breeze as they headed down the parade route.

forward mounted nozzle. Members of Cub Scout pack 3645 got in on the fun firing cooling streams of water from their float with several super soakers. While the parade was a tad bit smaller than in past years due in part to the heat and midweek holiday everyone on hand had a great time.

Thursday July 5, wrapped up the bulk of holiday activities with a popular boat parade around Budd Lake. This years Grand Marshalls Tim and May Kay Smith led over 20 entries around the lake in front of applauding spectators who lined the shore. This year’s parade theme was “Mardi Gras”.

The Harrison Fire Department helped cool down parade watchers along the route.

The Harrison Fire Department helped cool down parade watchers along the route.

Street and boat parades, a demolition derby, fireworks and more along with a great economy and incredible weather kept businesses hopping throughout Harrison and Clare County. While the county needs rain, most hope when it comes it will be limited to the late night hours so folks will stay out and about enjoying the summer of 2018.

2018 Harrison Fourth of July Parade Results
Most Unique Design
1st Place Most Unique Design: Fox Wrecker Service (fox & hound)
2nd Place Most Unique Design: St. Luke’s (Splash Canyon)
3rd Place Most Unique Design: Cub Scout Pack 3645 (Pirates)

Most Patriotic
1st Place Most Patriotic: Clare County Fairgrounds
2nd Place Most Patriotic: First Student Bus
3rd Place Most Patriotic: VFW Post 1075
Best Use of Theme
1st Place Best Use of Theme: Dodge City Campground (Aladdin)
2nd Place Best Use of Theme: 4x Adventureland (Rapunzel)
3rd Place Best Use of Theme: HHS Stingers of Steel (Beauty & the Beast)

Most Beautiful
1st Place Most Beautiful: Little Cinderella
2nd Place Most Beautiful: Country Flowers (Fairy Garden)
3rd Place Most Beautiful: Octane Monkeyz (Golf Cart)

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