Lake Fest at Lake Jacomo's Fleming Park Officially Kicks Off Summer

By Cristal Cody on April 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm EST
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Lake Jacomo is the site of one giant party that kicks off the summer right: Lake Fest.

Thousands line the shores of Lake Jacomo in June in Fleming Park to celebrate warm weather and cool water at the event‚ sponsored by the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department.

“That’s our major summer event‚” says Angie Jeffries‚ spokeswoman for the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department. “It is a four-hour event that starts at 5 [p.m.] and goes until the fireworks. We have close to 5‚000 people that come out.”

Visitors fill the park to watch the parade of boats or take a scenic lake cruise.

“We have a boat parade‚ where individuals decorate boats‚ pontoons and sailboats‚ and we have games and rides for the families and boat rides around the lake‚” Jeffries says. “There also are concession [stands] with lots of great treats and food for the family to enjoy.”

Admission is $7 per car‚ and most come out hours ahead of the starting time to get a prime viewing spot.

“The event is pretty popular‚ so people get here early to get their place‚” Jeffries says. “A lot of people like to lay a blanket on the grassy area and watch the band and people out on the lake.”

The event has been held every summer for more than 15 years.

“It always happens in the month of June‚” she says. “It’s a great way to invite people out to the park and enjoy the lake and have a nice evening.”

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