Lakeview ‘beefs up’ traditional Summerfest event

By Mike Taylor • Last Updated 9:46 am on Monday, June 17, 2013

More than 50 tractors added interest and excitement to Lakeview’s Summerfest Parade. The tractors were part of a show which took place earlier in the day Saturday.


Jaiven Kohler, sitting on Adam Lincoln’s lap, demonstrates that driving a tractor can be a dirty job during Lakeview’s Summerfest Parade.

LAKEVIEW — Summerfest in Lakeview hit the ground running this past weekend with “beefed up” versions of many festival favorites and a host of new offerings.

On the south end of town, festivalgoers were entertained throughout the day with live music sponsored by Lakeview Community Church and featuring Stage 4, the LCC House Band and other acts.

On the other end of main street, things were hopping at the Summerfest Beer Tent, sponsored by the Lakeview Area Jaycees. Live music was provided throughout the day by Morgan Crabb, followed by a Saturday evening performance by Grand Rapids-based act, the Sweet J Band.

According to beer tent organizer and Jaycees member Chad Lincoln, both Friday and Saturday nights’ shows were money makers for the organization.

“Turnout has been really good both nights,” Lincoln said. “Everybody’s having a great time.”

Money raised from the beer tent went to help fund this year’s impressive fireworks show Saturday at dusk.

Also new to the beer tent this year was a homebrew beer and wine tasting, sponsored by the Brewgadgeteers, a group of home brewers from Lakeview and surrounding areas.  The group had several different brews on hand for sampling.

The streets of Lakeview were lined with festivalgoers anxious to see this year’s Summerfest Parade on Saturday. Thanks to the addition of dozens of antique tractors, it was one of the biggest to date.

The Summerfest Parade was particularly good, and long, this year, thanks to the addition of well over 50 antique tractors, part of the Country Boy Antique Tractor Tour that took place earlier in the day on Lakeview Drive.

Kids games and face painting were provided at Lakeside Park by the Wildcat PRIDE Runfest committee, and as always, the Lions Club Chicken Barbecue Dinner — also at Lakeside Park — proved to be a popular event.

The only thing missing this year was the carnival.  According to festival organizers, the village had difficulty lining up a carnival provider for the date.  The carnival last year was a fairly recent addition to the Summerfest celebration.  Organizers say they may try to get one back again for next year’s festival.

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