Culver Lake Fest 2013: new features and old favorites

In case you were wondering, yes, there will most certainly be a 2013 Culver Lake Fest, and in fact its schedule is completed and available in full at www.culverlakefest.com (it will be published in The Culver Citizen closer to the event itself).

This year's theme is, “A Community that Serves," and appropriately enough, Culver's ever-serving Lions Club has been designated as the collective parade marshal (or of course, marshals).

The fun begins Friday, July 19, when the Culver Kiwanis Club's noon golf outing launches at Mystic Hills (contact Julie Bess to register).
By 4 p.m. the food, arts and crafts, games, commercial and informational booths will be open (until 10 p.m.), and the Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Council-sponsored second annual canoe-kayak-SUP poker run will help get things started at 6 p.m. It will take participants all along the west shore, from the park to Long Point, and back again. The route is mixed up this year to make it just a bit more challenging, and prizes will be awarded at 7:30 p.m. at the Culver park lighthouse.

LMEC executive director Kathy Clark says last year's first competition brought in "tons of people, who "showed up with wooden kayaks, colorful canoes, brand new SUPs, a competitive spirit, and lots of smiles."

Registration is available via www.lakemax.org or www.culverlakefest.com; the registration fee of $10, to Culver Lake Fest, P.O. Box 146, Culver, IN 46511. Register between now and July 8 to receive a ball cap commemorating the event (available only to the first 60 people registered). On-site registration will be available starting at 5 p.m. at the Culver park lighthouse. Cost then is $15 and hats will not be available.

Also new this year is the Great Purse Extravaganza from 2 to 5 p.m. at the train depot, a new version of a popular event from a few years back during which a wide array of used purses are sold to benefit Hello Gorgeous, which "pampers" women battling cancer via spa and hair treatments at Michelle's Headquarters in Culver.

Of course, perhaps the most popular hour of the festival will return again on Saturday night at 10: a spectacular fireworks show over Lake Maxinkuckee.

The longstanding Miss Maxinkuckee Pageant takes place at the west pavilion at 6 p.m. as well, with the crowing will be at 8 p.m.
Another more recent addition to the festival, the "Gong Show" begins at 7 p.m., also in the west pavilion. Brave participants may register at the information booth.

Other highlights include the family bass fishing tournament (Saturday morning at 7), the Lake Fest Fun Run (starting at 7:15 a.m. Saturday), the Culver Lions Club's pancake and sausage breakfast at the depot from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, and of course Saturday's parade and golf cart decorating contest, all starting at 10 a.m.

Popular regular features will return including kids' games (starting 11 a.m. on Saturday), the firemen's waterball contest at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, and Sunday's L'Max bike tour (7 a.m.), Sunfish Regatta (9 a.m.), car show (9 a.m.), and burn-out contest (2 p.m.).

Live music throughout the day Saturday includes performers Chad Van Herk, Sentimental Journey, and Night Shift.

We'll revisit festival news in the weeks leading up to the event.