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35th Annual Lakeside Festival

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Erin McElroy

The community is welcome at the 35th annual Lakeside Festival, held on the grounds of the historic Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake on July 3-6. Come for the carnival rides, great food, beverage tent, and live music. This annual event is Lakeside's largest fundraiser and it is put on by the talents of generous volunteers and sponsors. Community volunteers power Lakeside Fest so sign up to give back to your community by becoming a volunteer at Festival by going to Volunteers receive free admission.

Lakeside fest includes food from great local businesses. Be sure not to miss out on the "Fest Favorites," like egg rolls, Italian ice, elephant ears, funnel cakes, roasted corn and fresh squeezed lemonade! Proceeds from the beverage tent drink ticket sales directly benefit Lakeside's mission, so please enjoy the Mai Tai's, margaritas, and a fan favorite, Lakeside Lemonade, in memorabilia mugs sponsored by Icon Building Group. Lakeside Festival has great music with performances by Hi Infidelity, Modern Day Romeos, and the national headlining act Head East to name a few.

Admission to the Midway Carnival is free, with a $5 gate entrance donation to Lakeside Legacy Arts Park to the taste by the lake food and beverage tents and music stages. Parking is available on Country Club Road, Ringling Road, and Golf Road. Kids 12 and under, along with active military members, enter free while seniors 65+ can enter for a $2 entrance donation. Parking is available on Country Club, Ringling Road, and Golf Road. On Thursday, gates open at 4 p.m. and close at 11 p.m., while on Friday we open at noon and close at 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, gates open at noon, closing at 11 p.m. on Saturday and 10 p.m. on Sunday. Enjoy dinner with music at Lakeside Fest while watching the fireworks at dusk on Sunday, July 6.

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, bring a team of friends and your competitive spirit to participate in our annual Baggo Tournament. Baggo preregistration is available at for $40. Registration on the day of the tournament is $50. The Baggo Tournament includes cash prizes, double elimination and only 32 teams, so register now at our website!

The proceeds from Lakeside Fest benefit Lakeside Legacy Arts Park and the Historic Dole Mansion, and the continuation of a vision to create a world class community arts center. The Festival proceeds ensure the preservation and protection of the 12-acre property. Attendance at fest helps ensure that Lakeside will continue to aid and foster the mission and vision as a local 501(c) 3 charitable organization. For more information on the festival schedule of events, bands, tickets, volunteer opportunities and festival sponsors, visit or contact The Lakeside Legacy Foundation at 815-455-8000. Lakeside Legacy Foundation and Lakeside Fest is located at 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake, IL.

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