30 June 2015
The Fourth of July, the epitome of carefree summer fun, will be celebrated in style at Lake Monticello this weekend.
On Friday (July 3) at 6:30 p.m. the annual Fourth of July parade will kick off at the Lake Monticello clubhouse. Kids, babies, and grown-ups alike are invited to show up with some sort of conveyance decorated in red, white and blue – bike, scooter, wagon, stroller, doesn’t matter – and march around Ashlawn Boulevard. Vehicles such as fire engines, ambulances, and antique cars are welcome as well.
After the parade winds its way around the clubhouse and surrounding areas the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) will provide free ice cream treats for everyone.
“We’re looking forward to a large turn-out,” said Mernee Kinter, parade organizer. “We hope to see lots of children who have decorated their bicycles and other things. Kids can walk, use their scooters, anything they want to do. We’re just delighted to have them.”
On Saturday (July 4) the fun starts early. Beginning at dawn folks will be up to their elbows in sand on the main beach creating sand sculptures for the competition judged at noon. And at 7 a.m. runners and walkers alike will gather at Bunker Park for the annual 5K spirit run, an event which never fails to draw a crowd, said John Platt, organizer for LMOA’s Fourth of July activities.
Starting at 9 a.m. folks can flood the pool for Fourth of July games including the penny dive, frozen t-shirt race, biggest splash, smallest splash, best dive, hula hoops, balloon toss, tub race, bubbles, and greased watermelon race. Also at 9 a.m. is a horseshoe tournament by the tennis courts. From 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. the pool opens to everyone (regular fees apply).
Starting at 10 a.m. children age 12 and under can compete in the putting contest held at the golf pro shop practice putting green. And at 10:30 a.m. an information table opens with schedules, directions, and most importantly, tickets for cotton candy and the dunk tank.
The dunk tank, open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., ought to draw people in spades, since several community figures have agreed to participate. Sheriff Eric Hess and Rivanna District Supervisor Tony O’Brien both said they’d take their turns getting wet. Also on the list of planned appearances, though Platt warned there are never any guarantees they’ll go through with it, are LMOA Chief of Police Tom Boisvert, LMOA General Manager Catherine Neelley, some of the LMOA directors, and – the kids’ favorites – the Lake Monticello swim team coaches.