The 40th annual Camerama kicked off the summer with a weekend of fun events, Friday through Sunday, June 4–6.
Usually, Camerama gets some rain, but the weekend stayed sunny and hot. Temperatures were in the upper eighties or mid-nineties at the hottest part of the day. Organizer Denise Paddock said that might have reduced the size of crowds during the hottest part of the day, but it was a great event overall. Especially after coming back from a year off, she added.
“We didn’t have a full schedule but next year we hope to start earlier and get everything back we had (previous years),” Paddock said. “Overall, it went pretty well.”
Haley’s Comet run was held on Saturday morning, June 5. Among the nearly 130 racers, Andy Komp, of Cameron, Ben Bard, of Barron, and Weston Olson, of Chetek, took first, second and third places, respectively, the Haley’s Comet 10k race. Seth Martinez, of Cameron, Jon Carlson, of South St. Paul, and Tyler Larson, of Cameron, took first, second and third, respectively, in the Haley’s Comet 5k run.
Thirteen teams played in the softball tournament, said organizer Derek Zych. The top team was Cameron House. Taking second was Ben & Maggie’s Evolution. In third was Bayer’s Construction. There were many good games and some new teams participated, Zych said.
For the parade on Sunday, there were 15 floats. Earning the title of “best in theme” for the parade’s “Happy Days” theme, was the float for Brion’s Smokehouse Deli. A category for “most creative” was substituted for a musicality category. Winning “most creative” was HergGroup of Rice Lake with Keller Williams Realty. The float “The Little Garden That Could” was named “most unique.”