Water Carnival schedule of events

Time to get those boat parade ideas percolating. The water carnival is less than a month away!

The Annual Water Carnival Weekend sponsored by the Lake Boon Association will be held from Friday evening, August 24th to Sunday afternoon, August 26th. Activities are held at the Town Beach/Pine Bluffs Recreation Area off Sudbury Road in Stow. Events are open and free of charge to Stow and Hudson residents. The Association offers these events in appreciation for the many friends who support the organization’s environmental, educational and civic programs during the year.

The Lake Boon Water Carnival is a 100-year old tradition, beginning shortly after Lake Boon became a summer destination for Boston area vacationers. It provides old fashioned summer entertainment for all ages, carrying on many events similar to those held at the end of the summer season in the early 1900s.

Water Carnival Weekend Activities include:

Friday Night 8/24, 7:30-9:30 pm – Sunset and Music Boat at the Beach 
Enjoy the sunset at Pine Bluffs Stow Town Beach, roast marshmallows and watch for the music boat about 8:00.

Friday Night 8/24, 7:30-11 pm – Music Boat & Lighting of the Lake 
The music boat will begin in the first (north) basin at 7:30 pm, going around counter-clockwise and then into the second (south) basin about 9:15 going counterclockwise.  All are invited to sit by the shore or go out in a boat, canoe or kayak (all must have lights) as the Lake Boon music boat passes by, featuring the Dwayne Haggins Band performing country-blues-rock.  The music boat may be viewed at the Stow Town Beach/Pine Bluffs Recreation Area about 8:00.

Lake residents are encouraged to participate in “lighting of the lake” with small lights or luminaries (but not bright flood lights please) along the shoreline. In case of bad weather the music boat may be postponed to Saturday night. Call 978-562-2203 after 6 p.m. for a recorded message.

Saturday 8/25, Water Carnival Beach Day
Stow Town Beach/Pine Bluffs Recreation Area
9:30 a.m. – Canoe races
10:45a.m. – Field races
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch
12:30 p.m.  – Children’s entertainment with a juggler
1:30 p.m. – Swimming races
2:30 p.m.  – Beach games
Prizes are awarded for many of the races. There will be face painting, balloon toss, pie eating contests, and much more. Bring a picnic or purchase a grilled lunch prepared by the Lake Boon Association. A variety of LBA T-shirts, bags and lake history books will also be available for purchase.

Sunday 8/26, 10:00 am – 12:00 p.m. Historical Lake Tour
Residents are invited to join Richard Gelpke aboard a pontoon boat for a slow cruise around the lake, pointing out the famous and infamous highlights of Lake Boon’s past and present. Adults 18 and older wishing to join the cruise must make a reservation with Dave Gray at 978-781-5158, grayscale@earthlink.net. Departure point TBD. If it’s hot, bring drinking water.

fhnengjidhljapdjSunday 8/26, 2:15 p.m.– 4:00 p.m.
Annual Decorated Boat Parade: Decorate your motor boat, kayak or canoe with a theme of your choosing as you tour the lake, sharing creativity and humor with those on shore. Compete for the coveted traveling Grand Prize Trophy with bragging rights for the year.

If you need to be towed, motor boat entries can accommodate but advance planning is recommended. Entrants in the boat parade will receive one coupon per entry for an LBA T-shirt plus a local pizza restaurant gift certificate and are also invited to the party in the narrows after the parade.  Shore parties are also in competition for their own award, gauged by the loudest applause heard by parade boats.  The parade begins at the First Basin Narrows Buoy with registration by 2:15 p.m., and continues counter-clockwise around the first (north) basin and then to the second (south) basin. Off-lake residents and those in basins 3 and 4 can view the boat parade at the Stow Town Beach about 2:30 p.m.

Admission to the beach, both Saturday and Sunday, is free and this is a great opportunity to see the many improvements that have been made there by the Stow Recreation Commission. We want to thank our past supporters including Main Street Pizza, Honey Pot Hill Orchard, Stow House of Pizza, Brothers Pizza, CJ’s of Hudson and Sudbury and the Lake Boone Ice Company.

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