From the NWI Times: Summerfest!
Categories include commercial, marching band, antique auto, political, nonprofit youth, color guard, horse and pony, nonprofit adult, junior color guard and walking units.
The parade will line up at 9 a.m. at Hanover Central High School, 10120 W. 133rd Ave., and start at 10, traveling east 1.4 miles around the north end of the lake to the Park of the Red Cedars.
Contact Parade Chairman Jimmy Laud Jr. at (219) 730-8175 or jimlaud55@gmail with "2012 4th of July Parade" in the subject line. Parade applications may be downloaded at www.cedarlakesummerfest.com.
The annual Cardboard Boat Race will take place at 12:30 p.m. July 4 on Cedar Lake, in front of the Lake of the Red Cedars Museum. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.
Trophies will be given out for Fastest Time, Best Design and Best Theme in two divisions: ages 10 to 17 and ages 18 and older. A Most People on a Boat award also will be awarded. The Anchor Award will be given to the first boat to sink.
Entry fee is $10 per boat if not in the July Fourth Land Parade, and $5 if in the parade. Send applications to Diane Jostes, c/o of the Cedar Lake Chamber of Commerce, 7925 Lake Shore Drive, Cedar Lake, IN 46303.
Applications, all boat-building instructions and more information may be downloaded at www.cedarlakesummerfest.com.
If you prefer baking to boating, enter the annual Cedar Lake Summerfest Cupcake Contest, taking place during four days and in four age categories.
All entries will be accepted in the park office at the town complex at 7408 Constitution Ave., and must arrive at least one hour before judging begins.
Judging in the age 13 to 17 category takes place at 5:30 p.m. July 5. Entries for the age 55 and older category takes place at 5:30 p.m. July 6. The category for ages 12 and younger will be judged at noon July 7, and the category for ages 18 to 54 will be judged at noon July 8.
Individuals participating in the contest will need to have a dozen cupcakes ready for judging. There is no entry fee.
Cupcakes will be judged on icing/frosting, flavor and texture, and overall appearance. Bring cupcakes in a disposable container designed specifically for presentation and creativity.
Entry forms may be downloaded at www.cedarlakesummerfest.com or contact Recreation Director Mary Joan Dickson at (219) 374-4444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cedar Lake Summerfest Charity Car Show will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 8 for cars, trucks and motorcycles. First- and second-place trophies will be given out in 33 categories, and five special trophies will be awarded. The show will feature all types, makes, models and years of vehicles.
The show will raise money for the Project Love Food Pantry, Boy Scout Troop 105 and the L’arc en Ciel Theater Group.
To donate a door prize, contact Louise Roys at (219) 696-2745, (219) 614-8376 or LouiseRRoys@comcast.net.