Many enjoy Cordes Lakes Days activities
The Patriots Motorcycle Group rode through Cordes Junction Saturday morning, creating attention for the start of the Cordes Lakes Days Parade. Tom McConnell followed on horseback leading the riderless horse decorated in purple to honor the 19 fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots.
The parade then started with the colors posted on horseback and the Grand Marshalls, David Haynes from Mayer Fire Department, and Lt. Rich Martin from Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, in a 1968 Pontiac Firebird owned and driven by Charley Hazelton. Floats, vans and ATVs followed.
The American Legion posted the colors at the Community Center, followed by Josie Garcia singing the Star Spangled Banner. Mary Seppalla followed this with awards and thanks for the First Responders, represented by David Haynes and Rich Martin.
The proceeds of the pancake breakfast, $158, were awarded to Mayer Fire Department represented by Jason and Cher LaGreca, to go directly to the Granite Mountain Hotshot families.
The flea market was open, the Beer Garden was busy, and the Cordes Kitchen was constantly filling and passing out plates of food. Games for children and adults followed and the vendor's tables were full as were those of various groups such as the Friends of the Library.
A car was available for smashing with the purpose of making it difficult for the firemen to extricate the "victim," a dummy, at their demonstration later in the day. They explained the need for each step as they demonstrated their lifesaving skills.
Mayer Justice of the Peace Bill Rummer was constantly dropped into the dunk tank, and thought someone had put ice blocks in the water, but he managed to survive quite a few dunks before leaving for drier ground. He was replaced by Tom Thurman who heckled the crowd into lining up to have a chance to dunk him.
The final event of the day was pulling the raffle ticket for the Arcosanti Bell. The lucky winners were Bob and Alice Eaton.