The voting is in from both the judges and for the Peoples Choice award.
Raft-O-Rama selects judges for their independence. The judges have ruled and here are the winners.
Remarkably, the State of Confusion raft navigated the entire circumference of the lake in reverse!
The Hawaiian Manor group won Raft-O-Rama in 1965 and have not had an entry since then. They decided to change that this year, and won the “funniest” category.
Two winning raft entries honored the memory of Angela Ligibel, who passed away July 30th. Angela was important not only to family and friends, but the Clark Lake community at large. She was an avid fan of Raft-O-Rama and participated in it for many years. Angela was known as “Nana” to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and thus the raft entry “Aloha Nana.” Her nickname was “Birdie” in Raft-O-Rama circles, and you can see that recognized on the Confusion raft.
Many of Angela’s family were present at the awards ceremony. Afterwards they posed for this photo.
Evelyn Menard, winner of last year’s Mary Reynolds Spirit of Clark, congratulates this year’s winner–Bill Bendele, Jr. Evelyn’s love of fireworks has been her family’s inspiration to present magnificent displays at the east end on the Fourth of July since 2000. Bill has been involved in many of the building and infrastructure projects around the lake. The award was presented by Joey Reynolds.