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Lakefield's Summerfest features fun for all ages

LAKEFIELD -- The 2013 edition of this week's Lakefield Summerfest will be "high-lighted" by a completely novel bit of fun.

"Our newest activity is a Relay for Life Glow 5K Run/Walk," Lakefield City Clerk Kelly Rasche explained. "Participants will be wearing glow sticks and light things, and will be guided by glow in the dark paint on the streets."

The run benefits Jackson County Relay for Life, and there is no set entry fee (there is a free-will donation). Registration begins at 8 p.m. Friday evening in North City Park.

Another new attraction offers an opportunity for area residents to find out if that maybe-it's-valuable china is actually worth something.

"On Saturday, Tom's Terrific Antique Road Show will be at the JCC Middle School gym," Rasche said. "People can brings items in that they want to know the true worth of, and Tom will evaluate them (the items)."

Although the 2013 Summerfest has some new events, traditional favorites still remain.

"The Summerfest Little Miss and Mister Pageant is Wednesday, and on Friday, before the glow run, Lakefield businesses sponsor the Family Fun Night in the park," Rasche said. "The Saturday highlights are the parade and street dance."

Minnesota is full of endearing-small town traditions, and Lakefield's annual community photo is a great example, despite only being about five years old.

"It was the brainchild of the editor of the Lakefield Standard," Rasche described. "After the parade, everyone on Main Street comes together, and a photographer is lifted in a bucket truck and takes a picture."

This year, the community is celebrating the reconstruction of Main Street, where the parade takes place, and there will be a dedication ceremony after the photo.

Rasche isn't certain when the community's annual celebration began.

"It has been going for a long time," she said. "It started out as Lamb Days, then became Pork Days, and finally Summerfest."

It's no matter if the festival is, or isn't, named after meat.

"We are hoping for nice weather and that everyone has a chance to participate in our activities," Rasche said.

The following is the schedule for Summerfest (Most events are in North City Park or under the big tent downtown, all events in Lakefield):


11 a.m.-1 p.m.: American Legion Auxiliary Summerfest Salad Luncheon, American Legion Hall.

6 p.m .: Little Miss and Mister Pageant, JCC Middle School gym, followed at the same location by Mike Kirchmeier's "Down on Main Street" presentation of the history of many of Lakefield's present-day businesses.


6:30 p.m.: Lions-hosted bingo with pop and popcorn.


5 p.m.: Lakefield VFW steak and shrimp feed, followed by a dance at the hall.

5:30 p.m.: Pork burger feed, sponsored by Jackson County 4-H.

6-8 p.m.: Family Fun Night in North City Park, sponsored by the Lakefield Business Association.

8 p.m.: Registration for the Relay for Life Glow 5K begins in North City Park.

8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.: Evening dance at The Shed, located at 719 Minnesota 86.

9 p.m.: Glow 5K begins.


All day: Open house at Jackson County Historical Society

9 a.m.: Classics in the Park Car Show at North City Park.

9 a.m.: Emerald Valley Golf Course best shot tournament.

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Tom's Terrific Antique Road Show in the JCC Middle School gym.

10 a.m.: Girl Scout Pet Show under the tent.

11 a.m. 'til gone: American Legion Best Meal Deal

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: walking tacos and desserts at the Multi-Purpose Center, sponsored by the United Methodist Women and Immanuel Lutheran Women.

12:30 p.m.: Summerfest Grand Parade Lineup begins

2 p.m.: Summerfest Grand Parade on Main Street, followed by The Shed's fun run, the Lakefield Standard/Livewire Printing Co.-sponsored free watermelon feed, the community photo, and the Lakefield Main Street dedication ceremony.

4 p.m.: Kids' Tractor pull at the north end of Main Street.

4 p.m.-evening: Indian tacos and taco salads will be served by PS Indian Tacos of Worthington as a Summerfest fundraiser.

8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.: The Shed Street Dance, featuring the band "Roxbury," under the big tent.


9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Lakefield American Legion pancake breakfast at the Legion hall.

10 a.m.: "Community of Faith" concert beneath the big tent, featuring four singing groups.

11 a.m.: Church service and community concert choir, also under the big top, sponsored by Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Noon.-4 p.m.: Immanuel Lutheran Church youth and congregation will host an Old-Fashioned Country Fest free to everyone. It will include many old-fashioned games and food in Immanuel's activity center, as well as outside in the church courtyard.