Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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July 23, 2012

Boat parade lights up the night

CROSSVILLE — A new annual event on Lake Tansi started this Fourth of July, thanks to the efforts of Jerry Strub and Bonnie and Don Parrish of Holiday Out. They have wanted to have a lighted boat parade on Tansi for some time and decided this was the year to get it started. They contacted me and asked if I would help spread the word to folks to see if they would be interested in joining in. A meeting was held the end of June to show us beginners how to run lights cheaply and effectively. I, for one, was surprised how easy it is to do.

They were hoping to have about eight boats for their first event. Imagine everyone’s surprise when 17 boats showed up. It was wonderful to watch them go by and see how many different decorating ideas there were.

People I spoke to said they had a wonderful time and would be back again next year with even more lights. One tip …, hit the after-Christmas sales to get light strings much cheaper. LED lights are more expensive, but use less energy. There will be another “how to” meeting next spring for those of you who want to participate but are not sure how to do it.

If you don’t want to participate, but would like to watch it next year, the Tansi Beach, the Holiday Out Beach and the marina have great views. You can also see great fireworks displays there too. Several folks were shooting off fireworks that night. Some of them were unbelievably gorgeous. 

Many thanks to the judges for 2012: Gary and Debbie Norris and Don and Jane Tiedeman.

They did a great job, especially considering we didn’t know what to expect this first year.

The winners for 2012 were:

First place — Don and Bonnie Parrish…(Uncle Sam on top with red, white and blue lights)

Second place — Carmen and Linda Tull… (Lighted door openings and live Uncle Sam)

Third place —  Robert and Gail Helton…(Lights with palm tree)

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