The 33rd Annual Lakeside Festival is packed with fun activities, food, rides and music as the weekend - or weeklong - holiday celebration begins.
The day's activities include plenty of fun for kids, teens and adults. Rides, music and other planned happenings start at noon today. Festival organizers have dubbed Saturday as "Wear Your Favorite Team Jersey" day.
More information about festival events and schedules is available on the fest's new website: www.lakeside.myriadcs.net.
Here are the Lakeside Festival Highlights for Saturday:
- Noon: Kids Decorated Bike Parade- sponsored by CL Women of Today
- Kids Ice Cream Eating Contest- sponsored by Kalidescoops
- Noon to 11 p.m. Taste by the Lake, Beer Garden, Carnival Rides, Music
- Noon to 4 p.m. Unlimited Carnival Rides wristband.
- Noon Tommy Hawk appearance, Chicago Blackhawks' mascot.
- 1 p.m. Staley da Bear appearance, Chicago Bears' mascot.
- 2 p.m. Benny the Bull appearance, Chicago Bulls' mascot.
- 2 p.m. BAGGO Tournament (arrive at 1:30 p.m. to register and pay $50 donation fee. Double elimination, cash prizes, free festival admission and two free beverage tokens included with registration).
- Dole Mansion Tours
- Noon: Tru Blu performs. This locally-based trio plays Bluegrass. "Come ready to dance, sing, slap your knees and stomp your feet."
- 4 p.m. Tropixplosion performs. High energy Caribbean band featuring steel drums, percussion, vocals and Blue Man-style performance pieces. Also plays some pop and rock party songs.
- 7 p.m. Libido Funk Circus on main stage. "LFC has been entertaining audiences with instrumental gymnastics, outrageous clothes and an over-the-top stage show for more than 10 years.
Admission to the Carnival Midway is free. Admission to the Lakeside Festival is $5. Seniors 65-plus pay $2. Children 12 and under, and active military servicemen and women are free. Parking is available on Country Club, Ringling and Golf roads.
Lakeside Festival, held at 401 Country Club Road in Crystal Lake, is a fundraiser for the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park and historic Dole Mansion. Proceeds from the four-day fest ensure the preservation and protection of the 12-acre Lakeside Legacy Arts Park and the Dole.