Hot Weather Doesn’t Slow Down Family Fun at 4th of July Games
Even with summer temperatures reaching to 85 degrees, children participating in the games at Windermere Point couldn’t help but enjoy the fun Wednesday, July 4. The Mackinac Island Fire Department, the Mackinac Island Recreation Department, Windermere Hotel, and volunteers cohosted the event.
The games began at 1 p.m. and lasted until everyone was tired. The day started with a potato sack race, followed by a three legged race, wheelbarrow race, balloon toss, tug-o-war, spoon race, and watermelon roll. Many events were organized into age groups, and winners of the races received a medal. All participants received a prize, donated from local businesses.
Firefighters also let children operate a fire hose, and those who wanted to cool down ran through in the falling spray and stomped in the puddles.
“We had a great day, and a good turnout,” said Jason St. Onge, assistant fire chief. “It started out a little hot, but the water hose took care of any heat issues. It’s good to see familiar faces every year.”
The hot weather was a blessing, according to the recreation director Mary Patay. The warm weather encouraged a larger turnout. This is her first year helping to coordinate the games for children.
“The weather helped out a lot,” Ms. Patay said, “and all the help with the fire department was great.” Local businesses offered many donations, she said.
A popular game at the end of the day was the grease pole, hosted by Bob Benser, Jr. Children try to scamper up a large wood trunk to retrieve a $5 bill pinned up above. Every time one bill was snatched, Mr. Benser would move the bill up higher, much to the protest of those who hadn’t grabbed their own cash reward yet. Mr. Benser funds all the reward money, and provides the equipment for the game.
“For whatever reason, I used to think that the part they enjoyed was climbing the pole,” Mr. Benser said. “I found out that it’s the five dollars they really like.”