We had 24 entries for the boat parade this year.
Thank you to all the boaters that took the time to decorate your boats for all
the residents of Bayou Vista to enjoy. This year we decided to rent generators to make it
easier for folks to enter the parade. Manager, Karen Tamez of Nations Rent
in Texas City gave us a special deal for the 13 generators we rented. I asked residents to
please donate money to help cover the cost and these are the folks to THANK
JIM MURPHEY, DONNA & GLENN HARTON, ROSS LEAGO, DONNA STOLPMAN, DEBBIE HUTCHISON, JOHN
MOEN, CHRIS WOOLWINE, JOHN & KATHY BURLESON, VICKY HOWARD & CINDY GOLIAN.
A new tradition to this years parade was the drawing of gifts to
give out to boat captains that finished the parade and returned to Brenda & Mark
Johnstone's home. Manager of Academy in Galveston, Jeff Gindel, donated
two large five-day ice keeper ice chests, which Michael Bausman and Debbie Hutchison won,
along with boat cushions David Hiton and Ryan Chasiola received. Jack Justus, manager of Boaters
World in Galveston, donated two eighty-quart ice chest that Kirk Howard and Judy
Williamson received. Carl Davis of Bayou Beverage donated a nice liquor
basket that Sonya Hershey was happy to win. Ed McKensie at Vista Video
donated two gift certificates which Lynne Hester and Marvin Ferestad won. Big
Daddy's certificate went to Gay Reeves and gift certificate from Sylvia at Hair
Pros went to Barry Shaneyfelt. JR and Roselinda Longaria donated
a Marylin Miglin perfume and bath set, which Travis Bleakley won. Donna Harton
donated Matrix Shampoo and Solution that went to Steve Whatley. It was really nice to be
able to give folks that put the time and effort into decorating their boats a prize. We
hope to be able to do this again at next years Christmas Boat Parade the second Saturday
of December in 2003, so mark your calendars.
Other folks that need to be THANKED are the
members of the garden club that donated the chili for the boaters. They were able to warm
up their taste buds while waiting on the votes from the judges to come in. Lynne Hester
purchased the drinks for the evening and JR and Roselinda provided all the paper goods. As
always Billie Moore of Neptune Properties provided the Tiny Tim award.
Judy and Mickey Grove of Mickey's Marina purchased the first, second and
third place trophies.
The judges really had a hard time choosing the winning boat's
this year as they had so many greatly decorated boats to choose from. The votes were
tallied on a point system & we must say they were very spread on the different
entries. I must say that they all deserved a trophy. We are glad that we had the wonderful
prizes to be able to give out to those boaters that spent their time & money to
decorate the boat's and finished the parade. If anyone would like to donate for the next
parade please let me know by calling Brenda Johnstone at 935-9544
or 935-7333 or just visit me at GULF COAST COMPUTER in the BV