**Canoe Carnival is planned for Saturday, August 4, 2018**

2017 Canoe Carnival Results

Congratulations to all the float groups for a great show.  Thank you!


“On the Rocks and Off the Wagon” by OTR  463 points

Tiered – Shawnee Division

1st Prize:  Party Train! By Scrub Pines  421 points

2nd Prize:  Coo—Coo over Carnival by Medford United Methodist Church  413 points


Tiered – Neeta Division

1st Prize:  E. T. Float Home by Mad Paddlers  451 points

2nd Prize:  Animal House by Canoe Kids on the Block  424 points

3rd Prize:  Jack and the Beanstalk by Barely Afloat  392 points

Honorable Mention:  May the Float Be With You by Up N’ Comers  362 points

Honorable Mention:  Sunny Days by Nut-N-Butt Paddles  270 points


Tiered – Nokomis Division

1st Prize:  We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Canoe by Sink Oar Swim  354 points


Organization Division

1st Prize:  The Jersey Devil Wears Prada by The Medford Lakes Women’s Club  347 points

2nd Prize:  A Job Well Done by Medford Lakes Lions Club   320 points

3rd Prize:  Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Girl Scouts of Medford Lakes  267 points


Single Canoe Division

1st Prize:  Son of A Beach by The Hardwick Family Float  390 points

2nd Prize:  Jon’s Mini Golf by Jon’s Mini Golf  308 points

3rd Prize:  Tiny Dancer by The Reed Gang  283 points


Rookie Division

1st Prize:  We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Canoe by Sink Oar Swim  354 points

2nd Prize:  Bronze Shield Recipient (BSR) Float by Medford Lakes Camp BSR’s  314 points

3rd Prize:  Jon’s Mini Golf by Jon’s Mini Golf  308 points

Honorable Mention:  The Power of the Dark Side by Cherokee Tribe  204 points


Junior Division Grand Prize

Bronze Shield Recipient (BSR) Float by Medford Lakes Camp BSR’s  314 points


Junior Division

1st Prize – Shiny – Medford United Methodist Church Kids  281 points

2nd Prize - The Power of the Dark Side by Cherokee Tribe  204 points

Mardi Gras Winners

1st Prize - The Oettl Family

2nd Prize - The Kornafel Family

3rd Prize (tie) - The Tursi and Jones Families


Golden Oar Award

Jody Wiker


Hall of Fame Winners: 

Leon Todd

Dry Docks Float Group

Dear Medford Lakes Resident,


The Medford Lakes Police Department would like to remind you of few things which may go unnoticed with all the excitement of preparing for this year’s Canoe Carnival. This is especially important for homeowners surrounding the Aetna’s and hosting parties.


For security purposes, the police department recommends that you keep both the front and back yards of your home well lighted to discourage trespassers. You should also lock the door to the front of your residence to discourage unwanted guests and persons looking for a theft opportunity.  Motor vehicle doors should also be locked regardless of where they are parked. Alcohol should be centralized in an area where it can be supervised by adults and not accessible to underage persons.


Extra personnel from the Evesham Police Department and the Medford Township Police Department will be used to augment the Medford Lakes Police Department patrols on the evening of Canoe Carnival. Extra patrols should effectively control the loitering and other problems associated with the carnival. Party guests should arrive early as designated streets will be closed to vehicular traffic at 7:30 pm.  Handicapped parking is available by contacting the Colony Office. Please see the Colony News for the designated streets to be closed.


The police department has historically received noise complaints associated with parties lasting into the early morning hours. Canoe Carnival is a community event, which is declared as an exception under the current noise ordinance. Excessive noise is prohibited after 12:00 midnight on Canoe Carnival. Please lower all volume after midnight to an acceptable level.


Most importantly, please have a safe and wonderful Canoe Carnival. Should you have any questions please contact the police department at 654-2156. Thank you.




Chief Robert Dugan




The Canoe Carnival Dance Party will be Saturday, July 28th at the Medford Lakes Country Club from 8:00 p.m. until Midnight. A spirit award will be given at the Awards Ceremony (August 5th at 5:00 p.m.) to the best represented float group at the Dance Party. Tickets will be $25.00 per person or $45.00 couple or $50.00 at the door.  On sale NOW!


The Canoe Carnival Awards Ceremony will on Sunday, August 5th at 5:00 p.m. in Vaughan Community House. The results will NOT be posted on the door the night of Canoe Carnival; instead a text will be sent to each float captain.


The Medford Lakes Canoe Carnival will host the traditional Mardi Gras Night on Friday, August 3rd. Colonists are invited to come to Beach #1. Lake front homeowners along Lower Aetna Lake are encouraged to decorate their properties with lights for the occasion and prizes will be offered for the best decorated home on Lower Aetna Lake (from the lake view). 

If you have a canoe that is not already pledged to Carnival, please bring it down to the beach

and enjoy a preview of the floats as they undergo last minute “touch ups” to prepare for the Carnival.

Also, there will be a live band going around Lower Aetna Lake from

approximately 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. playing some of our favorite songs.


The 2018 Canoe Carnival (CC) is scheduled for Saturday, August 4, 2018.  

Tickets are NOW on sale!  The Colony Office is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

You can purchase tickets at the beaches the night of the Carnival beginning at 7:00 p.m. (if there is space available).   

All ticket prices increase by $1.00/ticket the night of the Carnival.

Ticket Prices:

          => For a donation of $7.00, you can get a reserved bleacher seat (with a bleacher & seat #) on Beach #1

          => For a donation of $4.00, you can bring your chair for seating on the beach (i.e. Beaches #1 and #2)

          => For a donation of $2.00, “adults only” can stand on Lower Aetna Dam (Aetna Way) to watch the Parade of Floats 

**PLEASE NOTE:  YOU CAN PUT YOUR CHAIRS ON THE BEACH ON CC DAY (August 4) ANY TIME AFTER 4:00 p.m.   NO EARLIER!  Any chairs on the beach before 4:00 p.m. will be removed and placed along the fence.  Please note that you will be required to wait in line before entering the beach, and chairs alone cannot hold a spot in line!



The Miss Medford Lakes Pageant and the Mr. Medford Lakes Pageant are scheduled for

Friday, July 27th at 7:30 p.m. at Beach #3 (if the weather is inclement, it will be held in Neeta School's APR). 

**Please note VOTING for your favorite contestant will begin ...

**Monday, July 23rd at 8:30 a.m. and continue thru Friday, July 27th at 4:30 p.m. in the Colony Office**

Plus Thursday, July 26th from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the front of Vaughan Community House.

Every Colonist is entitled to one vote.  Just come by the Colony Office with

your current 2018 “White w/ Purple Writing” Activity Card.  Each card = one vote.  No card = no vote.

**Best wishes to the candidates for Mr. Medford Lakes:   Aidan Dowling, Steven Estacio, and Jon Moraglia

**Best wishes to the candidates for Miss Medford Lakes:   TriciaLyn Beamer, Andra Carney, Skye Goldman, Cameron Morgan, Karlyle O’Neil, Hannah Pulliam, and Kendall Wolson


Please support Canoe Carnival by stopping in the Colony Office to buy a Tee Shirt, Tank Top, Cap/Hat, Polo Shirt, Pewter Salt and Pepper Shaker or Beach Towel.  Net proceeds are used to pay the security costs associated with hosting Canoe Carnival this August 4th.  Kudos to Tom Watters for creating another winner design on the Tee shirts – come on in to see it.

Thank you Lewis Kalb for this wonderful video of 2017 Canoe Carnival!

In Case of Inclement Weather

An Inclement Weather Committee will be formed and charged with the deciding Carnival status. This Committee will be charged with deciding the status of Carnival relative to inclement weather conditions (rain, wind, etc.).

1.  The IWC will consist of the Canoe Carnival Chair, the head marshal, the safety committee, and three float captains or their appointed representative. The Canoe Carnival Chair will act as Committee Chair.

2.  Group Captain Representation will be selected from the Current Captains (or their representatives) of previous year’s Grand Prize winner and First place winners in each category. The three eligible names will be randomly selected at the annual Captain’s Safety Meeting.

3.  The IWC will meet on Carnival Day at the times and location of their designation. The committee may also elect to meet prior to Carnival Day if deemed necessary.

4.  The IWC will have the responsibility for deciding the status of Carnival relative to weather conditions. They will have the authorization to:

               a.     Have Carnival proceed without restriction or modification.

               b.     Have Carnival proceed with restrictions as they see fit.

               c.     And ONLY as a complete last resort, postpone Carnival. Such a decision must include consideration the following:

                         i.     Participant safety

                         ii.     Cost factors relative to postponement

                         iii.     Security Personnel issues related to postponement

                         iv.     Volunteer issues related to postponement

                         v.     Crowd control issues related to timing of postponement decision

                         vi.     Impact of postponement on individual floats

                         vii.     Notification issues related to postponement

5.     The IWC will immediately report their decision to appropriate parties as soon as possible. Notified parties will include:

          a.     Security personnel

          b.     Head Judge

          c.     All float captains

          d.     Beach #1 MC

          e.     IF Carnival is to be postponed or delayed, this committee will also, as soon as possible:

                         i.     Inform all lakefront homeowners & audiences at Beach #1 & Area #2 and Beach Drive

                         ii.     Post signs notifying postponement information on Beach #1 & Area #2 as well as Beach Drive

                         iii.     Request posting of postponement information on the Colony website and through the Police “Nixle Team” system

6.     If the IWC decides that conditions merit towing the following stipulations would apply:

          a.        No penalty would be assessed to any float towed

          b.        Floats may request that they not be towed. However, IF such a float after attempting to continue without assistance is, in the judgment of the marshals unable to proceed, the marshals may nullify the floats no tow request and take it into tow.