Block Party Time

CAROGA LAKE – Classic cars, fire engines, horses and even a pirate ship paraded down the streets of Friday night as the first day of the Caroga Lake Block Party kicked off.

Families vacationing in Caroga and locals poured into Sherman’s Park for food, games and a parade.

People lined Route 29A as the parade kicked off. Classic cars, including a Ford from the 1920s and a Ford Thunderbird, dotted the parade as it moved through the streets.

Barbara Deluca, fire chief at the Caroga Lake Volunteer Department, waved to the crowds from the top of one of her department’s engines, leading a contingent of Caroga and Meco fire trucks.

Even local businesses got into the fun. The Coffee Store, Pine Lake Stoves and Nick Stoner Trailers each had floats. The Coffee Store float featured children in pirate regalia throwing candy to the crowd,

The parade was not the only draw. Music by Doc Orloff filtered from Sherman’s Park, with rides and attractions set up for the children.

Sarah Schwartz and her father, Bill Bellinger, both have fond memories of Caroga that bring them back.

“I [grew up] around here,” Bellinger said. “I lived up here again, [my daughter] has a camp up here. I used to work at Sherman’s. Anything that’s going on around here, I come back to reminisce.”

“I’ve been here my whole life,” Schwartz said.

Jack Kunicki, of Highland, said it was his first time at the parade.

“We were visiting friends,” Kunicki said. “This is my third time, but my first time at the parade. It’s cool, it has a nice family atmosphere. The kids like it.”

The Caroga Lake Block Party continues today, with the midway opening at noon and live music by Saving Atlantis, with fireworks concluding the night. The Caroga Lake Museum will also hold a craft fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.