HIGH ROCK LAKE, NC -- If you float along High Rock Lake, you may just see docks decked out in red, white and blue.
- The High Rock Lake Association put together their first ever 4th of July Dock Decorating Competition
- Winners received a $500 gift card, a trophy and bragging rights for the rest of the year
- The High Rock Lake Association voted on the winning docks at noon on Wednesday
The High Rock Lake Association put together their first ever 4th of July Dock Decorating Competition. The competition was open to all homeowners in Rowan and Davidson County. While the were not sure of the turn-out, 29 people entered the contest.
Member of the High Rock Lake Association, John Flowers, explained he is proud to live here.
"It made us feel really good to go out and see these homes that people took their time to decorate. Not necessarily to win a contest but to show that yeah, we are Americans and we love it," Flowers said.
Winners received a $500 gift card, a trophy and bragging rights for the rest of the year. Diane Geddes and her neighbors wanted to get involved, so they put their creativity to the test and hand crafted a cardboard cut out of the word America.
"We spent time doing it and visiting and laughing and joking and remembering why we were doing it and the importance of the holiday," Geddes said.
For Diane and her community, there is a deeper meaning to all of the fun.
"You know it gives me goosebumps just to think about it. It is important and it is important for every generation to remember what came before them and to fight for what is in front of us and doing something as simple as decorating a dock is nothing to honor those who given this to us," Geddes said.
"We all know the tragedies that go on in the world, and you need something to show that the spirit of the people in this country and especially on this lake is alive," Flowers said.
The High Rock Lake Association voted on the winning docks at noon on Wednesday. There was an overall winner, an honorable mention from Rowan County and an honorable mention from Davidson County. If you were unable to participate this year, the association plans on making this an annual competition.