LAKE VIEW: The 67th annual Black Hawk Lake Summer Water Carnival navigated coronavirus-pandemic challenges and enjoyed good success, according to event organizers.
The celebration was trimmed from the usual three days to two — held Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18 — and there were no midway carnival and games, a traditional showcase attraction.
However, the street parade went on, although it took a different, longer course past the lake to allow for social distancing. There were cardboard boat races, the Little Miss Black Hawk Pageant, vendors, fireworks show, beer garden, live music and more.
“Of course, it was an extremely unusual year, but we were still very happy with the turnout of folks; a lot of folks still came to town and had a good time while they were here,” said Scott Peterson, Lake View city clerk/administrator and chairman of the Water Carnival Committee, which is a branch of the Community Club.
“Actually we received some real nice comments about the extended parade route. They liked the parade going past the lake,” Peterson said. “But in general, it was a much different year. One of the major things, there were no carnival rides, so the festival grounds looked completely different. In addition, there were no local food vendors; those local organizations did not participate.
“In that regard, it lost some of the sense of the festival, but we were still able to have some of the main events. … For it being an unusual year, I think folks were pretty pleased.”
Following are results from the cardboard boat races on Saturday:
Junior Division (9 and under), 4 entries: 1, Titanic, Logan Young, Breda; 2, Fast Away, Mason Kamara, Omaha, Nebraska; 3, Lazy Boys, Dane Monahan and Carter Huegerich, Lake View.
Intermediate Division (10-15), 6 entries: 1, Beached Whale, Porter Snyder, Carroll; 2, USS Lake View, Kolby Onken, Carroll; 3, Sink Slowly, Ellie Siebrecht, Lake View.
Advanced Division (16 and older), 4 entries: 1, Fear the Deere, Brenda Heithoff, Coon Rapids, only finisher.
Titanic Award: USA, Corey Heithoff, Coon Rapids.
Future Shipwreck: Ryder Siebrecht, Lake View.
Best in Show Awards: Fear the Deere, Brenda Heithoff, Coon Rapids; Lazy Boys, Dane Monahan and Carter Huegerich, Lake View; Beached Whale, Porter Snyder and Colin Onken, Carroll.