'Something for everybody' at annual Lakeside Festival
The 42nd annual Lakeside Festival at the Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake will have "something for everybody," including performers across various live music genres, carnival rides, and a variety of local food vendors, a Dole official said.
The four-day event, which runs Thursday, June 30, through Sunday, July 3, will include 15 bands on two outdoor stages, many of them cover bands for rock legends such as Tom Petty or Queen, Chief Relationships Officer Erin McElroy said.
Thursday night will kick off with the Waukesha-based rock band the BoDeans.
"There's great music every night, and we always pride ourselves on offering a taste of Crystal Lake with food," McElroy said. "On a hot summer night, we love that you can come out to the Lakeside Festival and support local businesses."
Activities during the festival include a baggo tournament for the adults and an ice cream-eating contest, face painting, balloon twister, stilt walker, team mascots and a magician for the kids.
The annual festival is the Dole's largest fundraiser, McElroy said. A new feature for this year is that guests can buy general admission tickets online in advance, skipping box office lines during the festival.
Gate charge is $8 daily for ages 13 and older, $5 for seniors 65 and older.
The festival still is looking for volunteers, McElroy said. Those who volunteer can get a T-shirt, free entry the day they are volunteering and drink tickets, McElroy said.
"Our volunteers are what makes this special," McElroy said. "Every year, this event is produced by and for the community."
The Lakeside Festival is at the Dole Mansion and Lakeside Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake. Hours are 3 to 11 p.m. Thursday, June 30; noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 1 and 2; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 3. For details, visit www.thedole.org/events-calendar/lakeside-festival.
Anyone interested in getting involved this year can contact McElroy at firstname.lastname@example.org or (815) 455-8000, ext 108.