WONDER LAKE – Just spending time with the players tops the list of what Tom Wedin has enjoyed most during his 20 years with the Wonder Lake Baseball Organization.
Wedin was picked as the marshal for this year’s July 4 parade in Wonder Lake, which is themed the “Wide World of Sports,” from nominations submitted by the community and the 10-member Wonder Lake Fourth of July Committee.
Wedin grew up in Wonder Lake, playing baseball for seven years with the Wonder Lake Baseball Organization. One year after his oldest son joined the organization, Wedin began coaching.
He eventually became more involved, joining the board and becoming its president for 10 years. He stepped down as president and plans on rounding out his final two years with the organization as its treasurer.
“If you played baseball in Wonder Lake, had a child or a neighbor that played, sponsored a team, or bought candy from your neighbors who played or from the concession stand, chances are Tom Wedin was involved, probably on one of the fields coaching, umping, mowing or picking up baseball equipment,” Chamber Executive Director Donna Sullivan said.
The parade will begin at 1:30 p.m. July 4 at Christ the King Church, 5006 E. Wonder Lake Road.
The day’s festivities begin at 10 a.m. with a flag retirement ceremony at Heger’s Triangle Park in the Sunrise Ridge subdivision.
Following the parade, there will be an open house at the Wonder Lake Fire Department, 4300 E. Wonder Lake Road, and a kid zone complete with face painting, a dunk tank and games at the Wonder Lake Chamber of Commerce, 7602 Hancock Drive. Both events will start at 2:30 p.m.
The Wonder Lake Ski Team will perform near Center Beach, located near McCullom Lake Road and East Lake Shore Drive, and fireworks will light up Wonder Lake at sundown.
Venetian Night – a lighted and decorated boat parade sponsored by the Wonder Lake Yacht Club – will be held at dusk July 5. The theme is the same as the parade’s.
There is no entry fee and no prior registration. Interested boaters just need a Wonder Lake Master Property Owners Association boat sticker. Prizes consisting of gift certificates to various local businesses will be awarded to the best decorated boats.