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Full slate of activities planned for SummerFest 2008

LAKEFIELD -- SummerFest 2008 isn't just a weekend celebration for the city of Lakefield. Two of its most anticipated events are tonight -- a game show-style competition and a late-night swim session.

The Family Feud game show begins at 7 p.m. at the Jackson County Central Middle School Auditorium, and the Family Aquatic Center will host a late swim from 9 to 10:30 p.m.

"People are really excited about it. It's just like what you see on TV," said Kelly Rasche, a member of the SummerFest Committee. "... the firemen won last year, and they were pretty vocal about being pretty good, so we're hoping somebody knocks them off this year."

SummerFest has likely been around in various forms for 75 years, Rasche believes, though it was once called Lamb Days and then Rodeo Days, when a rodeo was an essential part of the celebration. The town stopped having a rodeo last year, when the costs made it infeasible.

"Last year, we tried a horse show. This year, we're going to have a miniature tractor pull -- miniature in size, not in power," Rasche said. "It's for all ages."

Lakefield hired the Northwest Iowa Tractor Pullers to ensure that enough people would participate, but ordinary people can also try it. The pulling contests start at approximately 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Sparks Park, after the parade.

Another new feature this year is the Pond and Garden Tour, allowing participants to see some of the most beautifully landscaped homes in Lakefield, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. People can stop by City Hall in Lakefield for a list of residences participating in the tour and a map showing where the residences are located.

The traditional street dance will be back, featuring The Strangers, from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday night. TeenFest '08, a street dance for the younger set, will be from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday. Both dances will be at the tent on Main Street.

The festivities continue Saturday with a pancake breakfast at the American Legion from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Brown Family's Christian music concert from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at the tent on Main Street, followed by an ecumenical church service.

"It's going to be a gorgeous weekend, with things to do for the entire family," Rasche said. "Come for the day, come for the weekend -- (there are) lots of things to do."


7 p.m. Lakefield Family Feud, JCC Middle School.

9 to 10:30 p.m. Late Swim, Family Aquatic Center.


5 to 8 p.m. Steak & Shrimp Feed, VFW.

6 to 8:30 p.m. Family Fun Night, North Park.

7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Teen Fest '08, tent on Main Street.

8 p.m. VFW Karaoke and Bean Bag Tourney, VFW


9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Craft Fair and Flea Market, tent on Main Street

9 a.m. start, Golf Scramble Emerald Valley Course.

9 a.m. start, Car Show, North Park.

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sanford Lakefield Clinic Open House, 209 Main Street.

9 to 11:30 a.m. Pond & Garden Tour, maps available at City Hall.

10 a.m. start Best Meal Deal, American Legion.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lakefield Ambulance/Sioux Valley Lutheran School Meal, Multi-Purpose Building.

1:30 p.m. to parade end Free Rootbeer Floats, MW Livestock Feed Mill on Main.

2:30 p.m. Grand Parade, Main Street to North City Park, followed by watermelon feed on the north end of Main Street.

3:30 to 8 p.m. Swimming, Family Aquatic Center.

4:30 p.m. or after parade Lawn Tractor Pull, Sparks Park.

8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Street Dance, tent on Main Street.


7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pancake Breakfast, American Legion.

10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Brown Family Concert, tent on Main Street.

11:15 a.m. Church service, tent on Main Street.