‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Themed Boat Wins ‘Best In Show.’ Days Later, Gets Stripped Of Title. | Eastern North Carolina Now

    Publisher's Note: This older, but yet to be published post is finally being presented now as an archivable history of the current events of these days that will become the real history of tomorrow.

Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Hank Berrien.

    On Saturday, Yorktown, Virginia held its 25th Annual Lighted Boat Parade, where a boat illuminated with "Let's Go Brandon" and "FJB" Christmas lights was voted best in show. Two days later, the captain of the boat was informed he was stripped of the title because the Yorktown Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit which supervises the groups running the parade, cannot be involved in political speech.

    Bill Berger, whose boat, called "Southern Rock," also sported fir trees and reindeer, noted "My boat was best in show to the crowd" and explained that the FJB lights stood for "Falling Joe Biden," attesting, "We had the letters separated and meaning falling Joe Biden, and we had him falling down a ladder," as WAVY News 10 reported.

    He told the news station, "They had the awards ceremony, and they presented me winning the best in show and 48 hours later I got the phone call I was disqualified...They said my boat was too political."

    Walt Akers of the Yorktown Foundation blamed the Lighted Boat Committee, but admitted, "At some point as a foundation, we have not properly advised our lower groups on what the rules are as far as a nonprofit operation. ... If we allowed politics to interfere with events, we would also lose our nonprofit status, and all these organizations below us would be dissolved." He concluded, "I've made more apologies in the last 48 hours than for the rest of my life, I hope."

    Asked if the organizers should have known prior to the event what his theme was, Berger responded, "Yes. They should have...they should not have been surprised. They had plenty of time to disqualify me."

    On Tuesday, organizers of the Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade announced the winners: 1st place went to a boat themed "Peace on Earth"; 2nd place to Plains Emergency Response Boat, and 3rd Place to "Daddy's Girl."

    The Yorktown Foundation gave a statement to WAVY News 10:

    On December 4th, 2021, several members of the Foundation's Board of Directors were made aware that a boat with an overt political message had participated in the Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade, and that the judges had awarded it first place. In discussions with the event organizers, they explained that they were equally perplexed that the boat had won and they took immediate corrective actions. The event organizers immediately notified the judges that the boat would be disqualified because its political statements were at odds with the mission of the Foundation, and the second-place boat would be advanced to the winning position. Further, the event organizers agreed to take steps in the coming year to review all entries in advance and ensure that they do not detract from the community spirit that this event is designed to foster.

    The members of the Yorktown Foundation wish to reiterate that our mission continues to be to unify our community through events and activities that showcase everything that is wonderful about Yorktown, York County and our citizens. While we recognize that political divisiveness is a factor in our daily discourse, we DO NOT want it to negatively impact anyone's enjoyment of our community events. We regret that this incident occurred, and we will work to avoid such events in the future.

    The Daily Wire is one of America's fastest-growing conservative media companies and counter-cultural outlets for news, opinion, and entertainment. Get inside access to The Daily Wire by becoming a member.
Go Back

Leave a Guest Comment

Your Name or Alias
Your Email Address ( your email address will not be published)
Enter Your Comment ( no code or urls allowed, text only please )

Harris Meets With Female Activist Who Ranted ‘F*** The White’ Women Daily Wire, Guest Editorial, Editorials, Op-Ed & Politics ‘I Am Beyond Furious’: Oregon Kindergarteners Reportedly Forced To Eat Lunch Outside In 40-Degree Weather


Latest Op-Ed & Politics

Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation senior political analyst, discusses the impact of the drawn-out voting for a new speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) disclosed a sale of 30,000 shares in Google’s parent company, Alphabet, roughly one month before the Justice Department opened an antitrust lawsuit into the technology firm.
Several weeks ago, I went on a tour of our Southern border with a bipartisan group of senators to see the situation first-hand. And I can tell you that the crisis created by the Biden Administration is even worse than has been reported by media outlets.
policies started by right in 2001 and now continued by the left
The American economy grew at a 2.9% annualized rate in the fourth quarter of 2022, slightly surpassing expectations even as recessionary concerns loom.
Local woman Jane Adams narrowly exceeded the item limit at the grocery's express checkout line today by a mere 2,387 items.
Former Democratic President Jimmy Carter once found classified government documents at his home that he then turned over to the National Archives, according to a new report.
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) appeared to threaten House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) after the Democrat was bounced from the House Intelligence Committee.
Ford Motor Company is set to debut an innovative safety feature for all new models, where the vehicle will instantly shut off if a woman is detected in the driver's seat.


Hakeem Jeffries says that resolution against socialist would "undermine Democrat agenda"
President Ronald Reagan’s son Michael has revealed that when Joe Biden was a senator during Reagan’s terms as president, he warned him that he would leak any covert action Reagan had planned.
On Tuesday, North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, announced committee assignments for House members of the 2023-24 legislative biennium.
Goldman Sachs recently informed its clients that it expects home values to tank in four major markets across the U.S. amid worsening economic conditions.


Back to Top