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A wild time on the lake

The Larson family's "Wild West" themed entry in the Lake Osakis Pontoon/Boat Parade Saturday, July 6 was the grand prize winner. (Contributed) 1 / 6
This entry in the boat parade had fun with emojis. (Contributed)2 / 6
Kayaks join the 12th annual Lake Osakis Pontoon/Boat Parade Saturday, July 6. (Contributed) 3 / 6
This pontoon sported a Flintstones theme at the 12th annual Lake Osakis Pontoon/Boat Parade. (Contributed) 4 / 6
The Hayes family and friends won the “Fan Favorite” trophy with their “Loon-A-Ticks” pontoon at the Lake Osakis Pontoon/Boat Parade. (Contributed) 5 / 6
This pontoon was a floating tribute to the USA, land of the free. (Contributed) 6 / 6

Saturday, July 6 was a beautiful day for a boat parade.

The skies were clear and sunny and the gentle ripples on Lake Osakis were inviting for the 12th annual Lake Osakis Pontoon/Boat Parade, also known as the Ferret Drive Floaters Parade.

"The shores were just packed with people, plus there were a ton more watching from boats on the lake," said Linda Hayes, a parade organizer.

The 2019 winner of the coveted traveling trophy was the Larson family with their "Wild West" theme. Their pontoon was transformed into a floating covered wagon with wooden horses and wagon wheels.

Two new awards were also presented at this year's parade. The "Most Patriotic" trophy went to the Bob Zimmel family for their tribute to their dad who was with the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles.

The Hayes family and friends won the "Fan Favorite" trophy with their "Loon-A-Ticks" pontoon, which featured a giant loon head at the bow of the pontoon and occupants dressed as wood ticks.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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