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Summerfest comes to Lakefield

LAKEFIELD -- This year's Summerfest will focus on the past and present of Lakefield, and has a busy schedule for the weekend.

The festival began yesterday with a salad luncheon at the American Legion Hall and the Little Miss and Mr. Pageant at JCC Middle School.

"From there on all the way to Sunday noon dinner, there's a busy, busy schedule ahead," said Dory Poppe, chairman of the festival.

Today consists of the community picnic and Lion's Bingo at the tent.

"Last year was the first year for the community picnic, and it brings in the people to visit and spend the evening," Poppe said. "Some people come a little bit before 5, and then bingo ends at 8:30, so they'll just stay for the whole time."

Family Fun Night will be Friday, with 4-H having a pork sandwich feed and the girl scouts having walking tacos.

"Family Fun Night has different events, like little ferris wheel rides and pony rides, and that type of atmosphere brings in all the kids and younger families," Poppe said.

Afterward there will be dances at The Shed and VFW Hall.

Food for Kidz 5K walk/run will be held Saturday morning with a $20 fee.

The annual bagging event will take place September 28 and 29 of this year.

"The meals go to poor places, usually to orphanages and street children, or other places that have suffered a recent disaster," said Marless Cuperus, the fundraising coordinator of Food for Kidz. "Last year the food went to Honduras and Pakistan. We won't know until closer to September where the food will be going this year."

The race is always within the community of Lakefield, marked with white arrows. There will also be water stations around the route and prizes for various categories.

"All prizes are donated. We have prizes for those who finish first with a baby stroller, fastest finisher with dog walking, and fastest senior finisher, the oldest last year was 78," Cuperus said.

The hope is to pack 100,000 meals, and in order to do that, they need $15,000.

"Seventy to eighty percent of people register the day of, and we'll have multiple registration areas open, so people can pre-register days in advance or just come the day of!" Cuperus said.

At 9 a.m., both the Car Show at North City Park and the Golf Scramble at Emerald Valley Golf Club will begin. The Girl Scouts will be having their Pet Show at 10 a.m. at the Tent.

"Some of the pets are very unique and some very regular, like puppies and kittens," said Poppe.

The Fun Run Motorcycle Ride will begin at 11 a.m. at The Shed, followed by the parade at 2 p.m.

"The parade is about 14 blocks long, and there's always a good gathering along the whole route," Poppe said.

With the theme of the festival being Lakefield Past and Present, there's a twist on the parade, with a neighborhood competition in which parade entries show off different things from the past and present.

After the parade there will be a free watermelon feed and a community picture.

"Something completely different this year is the Kid's Pedal Tractor Pull. It's a state-sanctioned pull, so it is something that brings in people from other towns," Poppe said.

The Kid's Pedal Tractor Pull will be open to kids ages 4-11 and has no fee to participate.

Saturday night will conclude with the 3rd annual Rib Fest and Street Dance.

"The Rib Fest usually packs a very good crowd," Poppe said. "We'll have six different cooks and a variety of ribs, an all you can eat plate for $10. 4-H works it and gets all the profits. Kids can also get a hot dog plate."

Sunday morning there will be a pancake breakfast at the Legion Hall from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a Community Church Service at 10 a.m.

The Immanuel Lutheran Youth Group will be having a pork loin dinner, which is different from the usual picnic dinner. There will also be an ice cream sundae bar with ten different toppings available.

"We're just hoping for good weather and invite everybody to come out and enjoy themselves," Poppe said.