Lake Fest begins Friday

Annual celebration to grow in third year


FR_LakeFestLogoClint Riese
News Editor

Lake Fest organizers are hoping the third time will indeed be a charm as the annual celebration kicks off Friday.

Last year’s week of activities grew on the inaugural effort from 2011, and Lake Fest is set to hit new heights again in 2013. New attractions, like a fishing tournament and dueling pianos show, are on deck for this year’s event.

Community effort

Lake Fest once again is a collaborative effort of the city of Forest Lake, Forest Lake Area Schools and the Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Under those umbrellas, a host of organizations and businesses get involved to create a true community festival.

The Forest Lake Area Historical Society coordinates its unveiling of the year’s museum exhibit with Lake Fest.

The Arts in the Park series, a summer-time staple at Lakeside Memorial Park, makes a two-day debut.

Businesses sponsor activities like a 5K run/walk, a waterski show, concerts and a talent show.

The school district’s Community Education program hosts several events geared toward youth.

School spirit is on display through the Build-a-Boat Challenge, a contest that starred as a new event last year.

The American Legion and VFW posts get involved through the service of the combined Color Guard.

Educational nonprofits support the school district with several events leading up to next Thursday’s graduation ceremony, which caps the week.


All events are held at Lakeside Memorial Park unless otherwise noted.

Friday, May 31

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Museum exhibit, “Schools from 1850-1980s.” Free; 97 S. Lake St.

6-9 p.m.: Arts in the Park.

7-10 p.m.: The Rockin’ Hollywoods, Lakeside Memorial Park gazebo.

10 p.m.: Movie in the Park, “Wreck-it Ralph.”

Saturday, June 1

8 a.m. to noon: Grace Haines Memorial Fishing Tournament. New event benefiting high school lacrosse program.

9 a.m.: Johnson/Turner Calorie Burner 5K Run/Walk. Proceeds benefit Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau. Check-in starts at 8 a.m. See

9 a.m.: Posting of Colors by American Legion and VFW Combined Color Guard. National anthem performed by El Ewert.

9-11:30 a.m.: Forest Lake Dance Team Lil’ Dancers Clinic, Forest Lake High School. See

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Arts in the Park.

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Free activities for children. Soccer, golf, Zumba, tae kwon do, aquatics and more.

10-10:45 a.m.: Free yoga led by Yoga Forest, park gazebo.

11 a.m. to noon: Forest Lake Area High School Jazz Band performs, park gazebo.

12:30-3:30 p.m.: Showcase of Build-a-Boat Challenge boats. Community votes to select People’s Choice Award.

1-2 p.m.: Bald Eagle Water Ski Show.

2-4 p.m.: Forest Lake Area High School Talent Show, park gazebo.

4-5 p.m.: Build-a-Boat Challenge boat launch. Local celebrities will judge entries, with an iPad at stake for winning school.

5-7 p.m.: Community Picnic with Famous Dave’s and Linwood Pizza.

5-7 p.m.: Charlie O performs, park gazebo.

6-10 p.m.: “That ’70s Reunion.” A gathering of 1970s FLHS graduates, including their own live music performances. See

Sunday, June 2

9 a.m.: Hosanna Lutheran Church service.

7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Masons pancake breakfast and Relay for Life fundraiser, Masonic Lodge, 119 SE Eighth Ave.

Monday, June 3

6-9 p.m.: Induction ceremony for Forest Lake Area School District Hall of Fame and Forest Lake Area High School Arts and Athletics Hall of Fame; FLHS Academic Awards Night and Community Scholarship Fund program, Forest Lake High School.

Tuesday, June 4

6-8 p.m.: Reception for hall of fame inductees, Forest Hills Golf Club.

Wednesday, June 5

7-9 p.m.: Dueling Pianos featuring Charlie O, Vannelli’s by the Lake. New event, a fundraiser for the Forest Lake Community Scholarship Fund and The Education Foundation of the Forest Lake Area.

Thursday, June 6

7:30 p.m.: FLHS graduation, Forest Lake High School.