The 65th annual Bemidji Jaycees Water Carnival brought out the crowds, families, smiles and winners this past week.
The medallion hunt, co-sponsored by LifeQuest Chiropractic, was won by Bill Grundy of Bemidji when he found the medallion on the Paul Bunyan Trail Bridge where the Mississippi River leaves the Lake Bemidji.
The Jaycees introduced a new geocache medallion hunt at Lake Bemidji State Park. The medallion was found by many visitors, including a few from out of town. After the Water Carnival ended, a drawing of all the medallion hunters determined that 11-year-old Zachary Mans was the grand prize winner.
Both Bill and Zachary will receive $300 for their superior medallion hunting skills.
The Sunday after Independence Day featured the annual Grand Parade rolling through downtown Bemidji.
The winners in their various categories are as follows:
E Most Patriotic Float - Paul Bunyan Eagles Aerie No. 351.
- Best Non-Profit - Headwaters Shrine Club.
- Best Live Music - Bemidji High School Marching Band.
- Most Creative - Ken & K.C. Foldoe's Logging.
- Best Youth - Cub Scout Pack 82.
- Best Commercial Float - Paul Bunyan Animal Land.
- Best Media - R.P. Broadcasting.
- Best Overall - Wal-Mart
The Bemidji Jaycees again wish to thank all those businesses, organizations and individuals that helped to make this year's Water Carnival such a rousing success.