HENDRICKS - The Hendricks Summerfest finished in full swing this weekend as local residents participated in the planned activities.
Summerfest was launched on the Fourth of July with the Parade of Flags to commemorate veterans and the 236th anniversary of American independence.
"The flags were beautiful. There were so many of them," said Carol Olsen of Ivanhoe.
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Boats of all types were on Lake Hendricks Saturday for the annual boat parade during Hendricks’ Summerfest celebration.
"The firemen's dance is always well attended," said Julie Buchholz, a local resident, at Irene's by Julie's, a cafe located downtown. Buchholz said Summerfest results in good business each year, with many new visitors and family friends making a trip to Hendricks for some weekend fun.
"It seems like a lot of people come back," said Buchholz.
As she sat in the cafe, Buchholz chatted with Pam Hamer, a Hendricks resident, about the significance that the annual festival has for the community. Hamer said that family members and residents who have moved away "almost always" make an appearance for the week's activities.
"I feel like (Summerfest) brings people home," said Kalea DeSmet, a local high school senior.
Buchholz agreed with her and explained the town's purpose for holding the yearly festival.
"They want to promote family and to promote the local businesses," said Buchholz. Buchholz also mentioned the significance Summerfest has for the promotion of Hendricks itself.
On Saturday, family and friends gathered in the park for an intense volleyball tournament with spectators watching the ongoing games. A crowd also gathered around the beach for the annual boat parade. Decorated boats cruised through the waters of Lake Hendricks while onlookers waved toward the drivers and passengers in the floating displays of patriotism.
The Fun Run also took place on Saturday, and year after year, it has remained a solid tradition at the festival. Buchholz said the Fun Run has always been the most attended event and does not recall a Hendricks Summerfest without it.
Saturday also included the homemade boat race, where teams competed by swiftly making their way to a buoy and back in cleverly-made vessels.
Family kickball followed the water activities, and Hendricks residents settled the night with a community movie showing at the park.