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Eagle soars, Landshark hovers in July 4th community parade

Eagle soars, Landshark hovers in July 4th community parade

Gary Hambly stands next to his American eagle-topped golf cart, which also boasts a bubble machine, ahead of the Greenhorn Creek Fourth of July neighborhood parade. It later won the award for “most patriotic.” Tori James/Calaveras Enterprise

While the warm weather canceled many outdoor events, it didn’t stop the Angels Camp community from celebrating the 4th of July in their own colorful way.

Although the Angels Camp Museum canceled its planned mid-morning live music event Thursday, the nearby Greenhorn Creek community held its annual Fourth of July parade, which began at 10 a.m. from the parking lot of the Camps Restaurant.

After the judging of about two dozen decorated golf carts, a parade was held where the cars made a double lap through the community, greeting several hundred neighbors who watched the parade, waving from their porches, decks and driveways.

Two fiercely competitive neighbouring couples, who work on their own artwork in the privacy of their own garages, took home the top two prizes.

Gary and Kelly Hambly won the award for “most patriotic” after their car featured a giant inflatable American Eagle and fake bubble-spraying fireworks rockets. The duo won the Halloween parade award last year after they managed to transform their car into a pirate ship and show up in full bandit regalia.

Bob and Debby Steffensen won the “best decorated” award for transforming their vehicle into a red, white and blue nautical themed land shark, and further engaged the audience by handing out party favors consisting of red and white bottle openers shaped like life jackets.

Debby shared that the freebies reflected her husband’s tendency to go overboard with his design theme. Bob admitted that his creation had been a project in the making since March and was intended to be an entry that had the potential to surpass his and his neighbors’ previous efforts.

After facing off as friendly foes during the judging, the two rival couples were seen sitting together for a post-parade lunch just before the awards announcements, drawing enthusiastic cheers from around the room from around 200 neighbors who enjoyed the festivities in air-conditioned comfort. The restaurant served a limited holiday menu inspired by the warm weather, offering revelers a choice of macaroni salad and watermelon hot dogs or a personal wood-fired pizza from the outdoor oven, which kept the bar staff busy well into the afternoon.