Posted on July 18, 2013 in Press Releases

This year, Parks Marina was able to use two of their most popular customer events to raise donations for the Arnolds Park/Okoboji On-Water Fire & Rescue and the Humane Society of Northwest Iowa.

Over the Labor Day weekend, Parks Marina presented the Arnolds Park/Okoboji On-Water Fire & Rescue with a $464 cash donation. The funds were raised through their annual Barefoot Photo Contest. The popular photo contest challenges contestants to send in their most unique, cute, exotic, or funny photo featuring themselves, their family, or even the family dog, in their favorite Barefoot gear. In its fifth year, the contest has seen an increase in participants every year along with an ever-widening range of photos sent in. Winners are typically chosen by a panel of judges. However, this year for just $1 per vote the public was allowed to choose the winner. The total donation was then presented at the Arnolds Park/Okoboji Firemen's Labor Day Auction at the Barefoot Bar.

The winners of the 2013 Barefoot Photo Contest were Reed Patee and Becky Brown. Their photo was taken while vacationing in Venice, Italy, and earned over 250 votes. Reed and Becky were presented with the $200 Grand Prize at the Barefoot's annual Labor Day Dock Party.

Photo Contest

Earlier in the year, Parks Marina also hosted its largest Crownline Rendezvous to date. Also an annual event, Crownline Rendezvous is a weekend-long party exclusive to Parks Marina Crownline owners. The event includes activities for the whole family, from a Facebook scavenger hunt, games for both adults and kids, door prizes and the ever popular on-water Poker Run. A traditional "poker run", this year was particularly successful and Parks Marina was able to donate over $2,000 to the Humane Society of Northwest Iowa.

Both the Barefoot Photo Contest and Crownline Rendezvous will be back once again in 2014. Details for both can be found at Photo submissions can be e-mailed in to

Parks Marina and its employees continue to not only be dedicated to the service and care of its customers, but also to the Iowa Great Lakes Region and Sioux Falls and the surrounding communities.