Whether they were competing in the Cake Bake competition, driving a float in the parade, or checking out the entertainment at the old Lutz Depot — Lutz was a popular place to be on the Fourth of July.
Once again, the annual event was a showcase for patriotism — from a rendition of the national anthem, to the traditional raising of the American flag, to a parade which wound its way down Lutz Lake Fern Road, along Second Avenue N.W., down First Street N.W., and then in front of the Lutz Branch Library.
Scouts sold hot dogs and cheeseburgers, the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club sold doughnuts and coffee, and other vendors sold everything from handmade soap to smoked mullet to homemade jam.
People of all ages seemed to get into the spirit of things at Lutz’s Independence Day event — joining together to celebrate America’s birth.
Cake Bake Contest Winners
The winners for the Lutz Independence Day Cake Bake Contest:
- Madison Levine: Best decorated, youth
- Tracy Gaschler: Best pie
- Samantha Evans: Cupcakes
- Leigh Spanton: Guv’na Choice
- Maddox Forman: Youth boys
- Katelyn Payne: Best tasting, youth
- Jeanne Mills: Best tasting, adult
- Gary Krotz: Men’s division
- Christa Evans: Judges’ choice
- Noelle Edmonson: Most patriotic
- Mikayla Charron: Best tasting, patriotic
- Catherine Pramberger: Best decorated, 10 and under
The winners from the Lutz Fourth of July Parade:
Grand Marshall’s: Choice-Pack 9 Pirate Ship
Judge’s Favorite: Caroline Contractors Star Float
Walking Unit: #1 Martial Arts
Neighborhood Entry: Canine Companions for Independence
Most Patriotic: Marines Forever Veterans Group
Most Comical: American Belly Dancers
Family Entry: Fantastic First United Methodist Church
Commercial Entry: Pinch A Penny
Youth Entry: Troop 139
Bicycle Entry: Tampa BMX
Antique Vehicle: Lutz Volunteer Fire Truck
Published July 12, 2017