Cordes 'daze' starts quick, ends good
Cordes Lakes Daze, which was Sept. 24, started with a walkathon so quick the participants eluded their street escort.
The parade formed next, with antique cars going first at their own speed, as they tend to overheat. There was one entry from Prescott Antique Auto Club and three from Yavapai Classic Cruisers, who won Honorable Mention. The 1948 Ford driven by Juan from Spring Valley was a viable contestant.
As usual, the American Legion Post 122 posted the colors for the parade. Grand Marshals were Bill and Pat Rummer in the sporty convertible that belongs to Jody and Mike Woytonik.
Community Bible Church's float won first-place honors with their live band playing along the route. And a first this year were the three horses and owners from Cordes Lakes Stables.
The Coast Guard Flotilla always is watched in awe as it "floats" down the road. Bob Loukala followed in his handmade woody. Two quads and an older Mustang followed with the backhoe from Swollen Thumb Contracting. High Desert Heritage Museum and their trailing float were followed by Annette Eustace in her 1939 Jaguar. Ending the parade were the Mayer High cheerleaders, who strutted their stuff for the judges.
The walkathon and parade ended at the Community Center, which began the festivities. The Desert Rose Dancers were very popular and everyone enjoyed watching them. The Wells Fargo Band played throughout the afternoon and was enjoyed by those in the adjacent beer garden.
The event included vendors, and even a foot massage for those who walked too much. But the dunk tank appeared to be the most popular and teens and adults alike enjoyed pitching the ball or getting dunked.
The surprise of the day was a young lad about 4 or 5 that had a terrific arm and dunked many people.
The food was great and the cooks didn't waste any time serving the hungry. The American Legion Post 122 conducted the bake sale so people could get their dessert to finish off lunch.
Another successful Cordes Lakes Daze was completed with good weather and tired volunteers.