Fun, family friendly and free: Lake Monster Parade returns to Lake Tomahawk in August

Ezra Maille
Black Mountain News
For its second year, the Lake Monster Parade returns to Lake Tomahawk, this time with the help of a live band.

For the second year in a row, the annual Lake Monster Parade will return to Lake Tomahawk. 

"Our first one was so lovely we decided to try it again," said Theresa Fuller, proprietor of Arbor House, which sponsors the event. "If it turns out as well as last year, we'll probably continue to do it."

On Aug. 6, parade participants, in home-crafted, lake monster themed regalia, will walk around Lake Tomahawk. This year includes the addition of the Brass Your Heart band to help participants march. 

After the parade, Fuller will provide popsicles for participants. 

Black Mountain community member Jeannie Reagan first approached Fuller about the event as Arbor House is located beside the lake. Fuller said she loved the idea and signed on to help Reagan put the parade together. 

Reagan came up with the idea while working in local summer camps. She said the way things were going economically, she suspected children may miss out on fun things to do over the summer.

"We decided it would be fun to have a free, fun family event that anyone could go to that didn't require much more money than putting together your own costume," Reagan said. "It worked out really cute."

Reagan hopes participants will get more into it in its second year, given the event's more solid establishment. She said pirates, mermaids and other aquatic creatures made up some of the best costumes last year.

Participants are encouraged to design creative lake themed costumes for the parade.

A floating lake monster creation, courtesy of Erin Lee and Mountain Fairy Hair, really got into the spirit of the parade, according to Fuller.

Fuller said hosting the parade at the lake makes it easily accessible, particularly for kids, because the parade route is a loop around the lake. She said it lasts about 45 minutes to an hour and may even include a raffle and other extra activities depending on how well this year's parade goes.

DotDot Crafters Club will host a free costume making event for the parade at the Black Mountain Library on July 31 for all ages. The parade will be held Aug. 6 beginning at 11 a.m.

"It's just a family fun, free event," Fuller said. "If this is successful this year we'll do a little more next year."

For more information, follow the Lake Monster Parade event on social media at www.facebook.com/lakemonsterparade.

Ezra Maille covers the town of Black Mountain, Montreat and the Swannanoa Valley. Reach him at 828-230-3324 or emaille@blackmountainnews.com. Please support local journalism with access to more breaking news by subscribing.