If you want to enter your “showboat” (float) in this year’s Captain Grizzy Showboat Parade, time is running out.
This fun parade of decorated boats that cruises the perimeter of Lake Pocotopaug in East Hampton, CT is sponsored by the Friends of Lake Pocotopaug.
Trophies and prizes are awarded in several categories – including one just for children.
The deadline to register is this Saturday, Aug. 4 (registration is free).
This year, the parade’s eighth, the event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11 (rain date is Sunday, Aug. 12).
The parade traditionally has been accompanied by tents set up in the park area where you can meet representatives from local organizations, and there’s food for sale from local vendors (or bring your own picnic).
You can download your registration form at the Friends of Lake Pocotopaug site at http://www.ehflp.org and drop it off at Westshore Marina or send an email to Kamey Peterson via Kamey@att.net
The prizes are:
$200 for Best in Show in 3 categories – Boats, Barges, Children’s floats.
And four “Good Showing” prizes of $100 Carmen Anthony’s Gift Certificates.
Also tied to the parade is the annual Friends of Lake Pocotopaug raffle, with BIG prizes: first prize is $10,000, second prize is $1,500, third prize is a $1,000 gift certificate to Shop and Shop.
The drawing will be held on Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. at Angelico’s Lake House (following the boat parade).
Tickets, which are $20 each, are available from any FLP member, or at Angelico’s Lake House, Governor’s Tavern, Paul and Sandy’s Too and Loco Perro. (Members also may be selling tickets at the Town Hall parking lot this weekend).
Questions? Call 860-267-4193.
A little more info
…about the Friends of Lake Pocotopaug, from their web site:
We are a nonprofit organization formed in 2004 by Dennis Griswold. We are 25 volunteers dedicated to the improvements of Lake Pocotopaug and its environs. FLP Members would like you to know what your support has done to help make our lake clean and safe for all to enjoy!
Because of you we have made the following donations:
2004 – $9,000 for improvements at Sears Park.
2005 – $13,000 to E.H. Fire Department to retrofit a Fire/Rescue boat.
2006 – $13,000 to Sears Park for stonework and signage.
2007 – $50,400 for 21 Ultrasonic machines for an Algae Remediation / Control Program.
2009 – $1,000 to E.H. Police Department for their police boat.
2010 – $1,960 for 15 new buoys.
2011 – $20,000 for 4 additional Ultrasonic machines.
2012 – $14,000 for 3 additional Ultrasonic machine.
Posted August 1, 2012 – updated with ticket price 9:44 p.m.
2011 Showboat Parade Winners, East Hampton Today, Aug. 15, 2011 http://easthampton.htnp.com/2011/08/15/east-hamptons-2011-showboat-parade-winners/
Registration info in PDF format (requires Acrobat Reader to open)
Map of the parade route
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