Horicon Day draws large crowd, inspires community

BRANT LAKE - Maureen Wilson and Bob Olson, members of the Horicon Day steering committee, sat writing Thank You notes Monday to those who contributed to the success of the event they helped launch.

Held Saturday Aug. 7, it was the biggest, most ambitious community event held in Brant Lake for decades, and it drew a large crowd of people for family fun, Wilson said with a wide grin.

"It was fantastic, over the top, more than any of us could possibly have dreamed for," she said. "I am ecstatic!"

Bob Olson offered similar thoughts.

"It was successful beyond our wildest expectations," he said, noting that there were steady crowds all day enjoying the games, car and boat show, food, vendors' displays, exhibition softball game, fireworks and community booths.

"All of the artisan exhibitors, 15 of them, said they were very happy with the crowds," Olson added. he noted that various quilters and a woodworker were exhibitors, alongside Chuck Hilton with his vegetables and an educational booth sponsored by the Brant Lake Association. The latter booth, manned by Doug Paton and Dennis Doyle among others, taught about milfoil control.

Hundreds of people enjoyed the fireworks show, Olson said.

"Everybody agreed the fireworks were outstanding," he said. "Horicon fire police directed traffic as swarms of people left after the show."

He said there were long lines of people to get their hands on the Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary's food.

"Noticing they were running out of the hot dogs and hamburgers, they had to drive to Warrensburg to reload," he said.

Olson said the exhibition softball game between the North Warren High School players and a team of adults over 55 years old, provided an entertaining show for spectators.

"The 'Geriatric League' provided spirited competition," he said. "We had two bleachers filled with spectators."

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