Despite rain early in the morning, hoards of fun-loving families came to downtown Smithville Saturday, June 26, to participate in all the fun Lake Fest 2021 had to offer. Saturday events included a parade, vendors booths and children's games like laser tag.

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Parker Borrowman excitedly enters the hunt full speed ahead during a game of laser tag this weekend at Smithville’s Lake Festival. The weekend…

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During the Smithville Lake Fest parade Saturday, June 26, some participants rode in alternative vehicles, throwing candy to children as they p…

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One of the parade entries that turned a lot of heads at Smithville Lake Fest, was this vintage automobile from Bolin’s Fabrics.

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One of the activity booth options at Lake Fest Saturday, June 26, included caricature artists.

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At the Dunk a VIP activity booth at Lake Fest, Dennis Brewer, doing his best "Jake from State Farm" impersonation, falls into the water after …

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An excited Grayson Courtney, 6, yells out as parade floats snake their way down Smithville's Main Street Saturday, June 26.

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Celebrating summer is what Gresham & Son Transport's Lake Fest parade float is all about. Rather than throw candy to the crowd, those ridi…

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Taking aim and his position seriously, Sullivan Small, 9, eyes the enemy during a game of laser tag at Smithville Lake Fest this past weekend.

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Proud of the haul of candy he scored during the Lake Fest parade is Holden Canobi, 4.

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Paying homage to its business and Smithville's thriving lake community is the Shoreline Boat and RV Repair parade entry, which included volunt…

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One of the antique rides in the Lake Fest parade pays homage to Smithville's and the nation's roadway history, noting the Jefferson Highway. T…

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Enjoying his time at the Lake Fest parade Saturday, June 26, Kellen Hladky, 2, waves as floats pass by.

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A children's favorite of the parade is Lil' Mater, a replica of a beloved character from the Disney aminated film "Cars."

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Mary Becker, 1988's Miss Smithville and owner of Sew Sweet Alterations, waves at throngs of families as she passes by in a Jeep during the Lak…

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Showing off her cheerleading and stunt skills is Mia Haggard, who was carried through the Lake Fest parade with other children representing Sh…

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One of the biggest entries in the Lake Fest parade is the John Deere heavy farm equipment from Pastvina Acres Farm. Waving from the front of t…

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One of the last parade entries to snake its way through the Lake Fest route Saturday, June 26, was decked out in patriotic colors and lettering.

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Ready for his round of laser tag at Lake Fest is James Haynes, 7.

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Making a lot of noise and crazy eights, the Shriners delight parade watchers with their alternative vehicles in the Lake Fest parade Saturday,…

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As Parker Borrowman readies his laser tag gun for enemies who hide ahead, he doesn't see James Haynes, who sneaks up on him from behind an inf…

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Solasta Travel's Jeep is ready for a beach vacation as it works its way through the Lake Fest parade route Saturday, June 26.

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Taking a dip in the cold tank of water is Dennis Brewer, who ended up all wet in the Lake Fest fundraising dunking booth Saturday, June 26.

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In addition to cars, trucks and boats, candy was thrown to parade watchers from the backs of tractors during Lake Fest.

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Candy was also handed to children along the Lake Fest parade route Saturday, June 26, by those, like the woman seen here from Victory Chevrole…

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Excited and waving at nearly every parade entry as it passes by is Wrenlee Higginbotham.

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