By Roxanne Thompson
Ten boats from across Limestone County entered Lake Mexia’s 11th Annual Let Freedom Ring Boat Parade and made quite a show of red, white and blue on the lake Saturday.
The boat owners decorated their boats with flags of the United States, as well as those of the branches of the military; also red, white and blue bunting, balloons, streamers, bows, ribbons and other symbols of the nation and freedom, such as images of the Statue of Liberty, to show their excitement about the upcoming Independence Day celebration Monday, July 4.
Attendees watched the boat parade either from the sunny wooden pier by the marina or from the cooler shadows beneath the trees, in lawn chairs they had brought with them.
The judges chose Larry and Kelli Haynes’ pontoon, the Haynes Crew, as first place.
Second place was the Stump Jumper, the pontoon of Paul and Regina Eckert.