The dates for the 39th annual Lakefest have been posted, July 14th, 15th and 16th and this year’s theme is: Salute the Troops.  Lakefest will be celebrating and honoring the brave men and women who have fought and continue to fight, for our freedom with a special focus on those who have come through Culver and live or have lived in Culver. With the theme in mind, part of the proceeds from this year’s event will go toward the local VFW. 

Festivities kick off on Friday afternoon, July 14th at 4 p.m. with food, arts and crafts, commercial booths, and games.  The Culver Paint Out with plein-air artists will get underway and at 4:30 the Salute the Troops flag-raising will happen outside the Lion’s Club Depot.  At 5 p.m. the online registration for Waves of Freedom Run ends and the Bass Fishing Tournament begins.  The Miss Maxinkuckee Pageant begins at 6 p.m. at the Damore Amphitheater and at 8 Point’n Fingers Band takes the stage at the west pavilion. Vendor booths and entertainment ends at 10 p.m.

Saturday, July 15th Lakefest activities begin at 8 with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast and the 5K run/walk, and the half-mile youth run.  The Culver Farmers Market will be open from 9 to 1 and the food, arts and crafts, commercial booths and games will be open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.  The Lakefest Parade steps off at 10:00. Saturday afternoon activities include family contests, at 1 the plein air artists will be painting and at 1:30 the fireman’s water ball contest gets started.  Don’t miss the hot dog eating contest at the Root beer Stand at 2:30. There’s cornhole at 4 and a talent show at 5. The spectacular fireworks will begin at about 10.

Lakefest fun continues on Sunday, July 16th with Beach Yoga, all-you-can-eat pancakes, a car show and the food, arts and crafts, commercial booths, and games.  The plein air artists will be painting and there will be lots of entertainment. 

You can check out the Lakefest website for more updates as they continue to plan for Lakefest 2023! Plans for this year’s Lakefest include a Beer Garden but they will seek their own Special Event permit from the Town Council.