LAKEVIEW — This year’s Summerfest in Lakeview, held Thursday through Sunday, offered a little something for everyone. This was the first year the annual event was planned under the auspices of the recently formed Lakeview Festivals Committee.
Many of the festival’s traditional favorites were back, including the Fireman’s Parade on Friday evening, the Summerfest Parade on Saturday, the Unity Tent at Lakeside Park and the Summerfest Beer Tent on the north end of town.
Among the many events making an appearance for the first time was the Car and Truck Burnout Contest. Drivers were given 30 seconds to create a massive burnout while anchored to a piece of heavy machinery. Clouds of smoke billowed through the downtown area throughout the duration of the event, which was held as a fundraiser and drew a large crowd of participants and onlookers.
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Another favorite that proved as popular as ever was the Lions Club Chicken Barbecue in Lakeside Park on Saturday afternoon. The barbecue proves to be a sell-out year after year, and this year was no different.
Also back for another year was the home brew beer tasting at the beer tent, sponsored by the Brewgadgeteers Brewing Club and the Brewgadgets store in downtown Lakeview, owned by Village President Ed Winter. About a dozen different home brews were available for tasting; as with the festival itself, there was a little something for every taste.
Winter said he was pleased with the turnout for the event and the variety of brews submitted by the participants.
“There are some really good ones on tap this year,” Winter said.
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No Summerfest is complete without fireworks and this year’s presentation, sponsored by the Lakeview Jaycees, was a definite crowd pleaser. Revelers filled the Bollinger’s parking lot and Lakeside Park for a chance to watch the impressive pyrotechnic display Saturday evening.
Jaycees representative Chad Lincoln noted that the group works throughout the year to raise the funds needed to produce the fireworks show.
“It’s worth it, though,” Lincoln said. “It was a great show.”
The Jaycees typically also present a fireworks show during the village’s Winterfest, held in January or February. Planning for that event, as well as Summerfest, goes on throughout the year.