BPLA Boat Parade 2017

Wow what great weather for a parade this year.  It was a perfect Minnesota summer afternoon with lots of sun and fun on lakes.  A big thank you to all of the families and friends who make this parade a great BPLA tradition.  The level of creativity and enthusiasm of the parade participants is really amazing.   Thanks to our participants and also for everyone who cheered them from shore to make this a fun event on the Big Pine Lakes.  See you next year!

Congratulations to our 2017 BPLA North and South Lake Boat Parade winners!


North Lake

1st Place – Zack Family and the crew of the Mighty Jungle.  This VERY lively group had lots of music and participation by the jungle inhabitants on their palm-tree covered boat. Thanks for bringing the sunny tropical jungle to Minnesota!







2nd Place – The Sorenson and Collova Families and the FourthTober Fest themed wagon.  They thought of everything including lederhosen, BIG steins of beer, and a donkey pulling the beer wagon.






North Lake Participants

Hall Family – Getting’ Sporty MN Style

Corbo Family – Uncle Sam

Lee Family – Bass Pro/Filet O’ Fish

Mueller Family – Castle Mueller

Zack Family – The Mighty Jungle – 1st Place

Shinkoeth Family – America

Sorenson/Collova Families – FouthTober Fest – 2nd Place


Thank you also to the Bjerke, Drake, and Grover Families who helped to judge the event on the North Lake.










































South Lake

We had a great day on the South Lake and the turnout for the boat parade was representative of the just how perfect that it was! Thirteen entries participated in the event. Competition was quite strong but the judges decided that these are the first and second place winners:


1st Place went to the Plasek Family- This group had a very enthusiastic group with the theme of The Pine Lake Monster (there actually is a legend to that effect). They engendered a great deal of fear with the animation and the actions.









2nd Place went to the Beane Family – This group had Batman himself and his friends from the superheroes. The theme was well represented!










And here are the other great South Pine Lake participants


Beardsley Family – Boat Patrol

Mackemie Family – Stars and Stripes

Shirley Family – Animal Floatilla

Dexter Family – Cubs Fan Club

Dejno Family – Old Glory

Kneissel Family – Hula Dancers

Schussler (Don) Family – Party Boat

Schussler (Josh) Family – Stars and Stripes

Onischuk Family – Flag on Pontoon

Johnson Family – Red, White and Blue

Olson Family – Splish Splash