Bear Lake Days Continue Despite Rain

Rain couldn’t put a damper on Bear Lake Days: the Saturday night parade proceeded in a drizzle and fireworks blasted off in a downpour.

“We’re farm girls–we can handle the rain,” said McKenzie Bradford, 14, of Onekama, a member of the Northwood Kids 4-H Club who marched in the parade leading a miniature pony.

Brad Thompson of Bear Lake waves to the crowd and holds his son Cooper, 2, while riding a John Deere tractor in the parade Saturday night. (David Navadeh/News Advocate)

Brad Thompson of Bear Lake waves to the crowd and holds his son Cooper, 2, while riding a John Deere tractor in the parade Saturday night. (David Navadeh/News Advocate)

Only lightning would have canceled the festivities, organizers said. “Rain or shine, we hold the parade,” said Patrick Sedlar, parade co-organizer. “And no matter what, it’s the best dang parade you’ll ever go to.”

Continuing a Bear Lake tradition, many parade entrants tossed out bubble gum, lollipops, Tootsie Rolls and other sweets to spectators. “It certainly is a candy parade,” said Sedlar.

While the post-parade deluge scattered many festival-goers, others lined the lake shore to view the seven-minute fireworks show from under umbrellas or inside their cars.

Diane Keillor, of Bear Lake, throws candy to the crowd Saturday night. (David Navadeh/News Advocate)

Diane Keillor, of Bear Lake, throws candy to the crowd Saturday night. (David Navadeh/News Advocate)

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Posted by David Navadeh

David is a summer intern for the News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3114 or dnavadeh@pioneergroup.com.