Lily Lake Summerhaven Association July 2, 2023 Parade

Rev. 4-Jul-2023

The Kids Independence Day parade was held on Saturday, July 1, 2023. Amy Nelson chaired the event.

Photos on this page are courtesy of Jessie Cole.

Many thanks to everyone who made this year's parade a success. It was a wonderful day!

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Prize winners

In the commotion of the event, it's hard to get all the names right. If you have a correction, please email Marilyn.

Famous American Heroes: 1st The Potempas: Boy Scouts of America... 2nd Scannells: God bless America ... 3rd Wheatland Fire Fighters - Chief Lou Denko ... 4th Sheriff

Kids on Wheels: 1st Patriotic Moms (Summer, Adeline)  ... 2nd Fireworks (Chris, Dylan, Alexandra, Noah) ... 3rd Bubble Brigade (Ella, River, AJ, Elliot, Damien)

Funniest Kids: 1st Dahlia Poole ... 2nd Tony Heinz ... 3rd Finn Connelly

Infants & Toddlers: 1st Hudson Mitchell ... 2nd Owen McCarthy ... 3rd Joey Gelber

Most Original Group: 1st Bunny's Fluffle (whole Mullins clan) ... 2nd Patriotic Molerats (Landmeier family) ... 3rd Guy Fierri (Justin Melanius)


Grand Marshals: Bill & Kate Lill


As one Lily Lake resident said “Bill and Kate are just great neighbors.” They have been a part of our community for decades and their deeds have often gone unnoticed. Many of you may know Bill recently from the transfer station; whether its 10 below or 90 degrees, he’s there. He’s also helped maintain the beach and is involved in our Movie on the Beach nights. They have always been willing to lend a helping hand and we are privileged to honor them as our 2023 Grand Marshals.


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We are deeply grateful to the many people who helped make this parade a success:

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Amy Nelson's reading

Our American flag, also known as the US flag, The Stars and Stripes, Old Glory and The Star Spangled Banner was adopted June 14, 1777. It was known as the Grand Union flag before then.

There are 13 stripes of red and white representing the 13 British colonies that declared independence from Great Britain and became the first 13 states. The 50 stars on the flag represent the 50 states.

Since we have added states over the past 200-ish years, this is the 27th version of our flag and it was adopted in July 1960 by Eisenhower.

The star for WI was added July 4, 1848 and we are the 30th state.  WI is 175 years old!

The oldest explanation of the meaning of the colors of the flag was in 1782 with red meaning hardiness and valor, white meaning purity and innocence and blue meaning vigilance, perseverance and justice.

So why do we celebrate July 4th as Independence Day? This was the day in 1776 when our country’s founding document - The Declaration of Independence - was adopted.  It basically explained to the world why the 13 colonies regarded themselves as independent states, no longer subject to British Colonial rule.

Happy 247th birthday to our country!

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Kids in prize costumes

Famous American Heroes
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1st - The Potempas: Boy Scouts of America

2nd - Scannells: God bless America
Lou Denko
Chief Lou Denko
3rd - Wheatland Fire Fighters

Funniest Kids

1st - Dahlia Poole

2nd - Tony Heinz

3rd  - Finn Connelly 

Kids on Wheels

st - Patriotic Moms (Summer, Adeline)
2nd - Fireworks (Chris, Dylan, Alexandra, Noah)
KW 3
3rd -  Bubble Brigade (Ella, River, AJ, Elliot, Damien)  

Most Original Group

1st - Bunny's Fluffle (whole Mullins clan)

2nd -  Patriotic Molerats (Landmeier family)

3rd - Guy Fierri (Justin Melanius)
Infants & Toddlers
Group Photo

st -  Hudson Mitchell

2nd - Owen McCarthy

3rd - Joey Gabor

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Scouts from Troop 381, who usually lead the parade walkers, could not be with us this year. We hope to see them in 2024.

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General parade photos

barricade brigade

The Wheatland Volunteer Fire Dept came with a vehicle


march to Monument

At the monument
Pledge of allegiance
Amy Nelson asks some of the young people to lead the Pledge of Allegiance

head judge
VP Eileen Mullins heads the team of judges

Marc Skurki
Treaurer Marc Skurski tracks the money
The Association held a 50/50 raffle.
The winner won $154. The consolation raffle featured 2 gift certificates: Twin Lakes Country Club and Luisa's

Many thanks to everyone who helped with this event and who participated
Mike Adam, Association President

See you next year!

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