Clarksville gearing up for LakeFest

The biggest party of the summer returns to Clarksville next week as the Clarksville-Lake Country Chamber of Commerce hosts the 41st Annual LakeFest, long recognized as one of the top 20 festivals in the Southeastern United States.
The fun starts on Thursday night with hot air balloons. Citizens are invited to come out with their lawn chairs to enjoy the sight of the inflation of the balloons. Weather permitting, there will be free hot air balloon rides for children 12 and under. Balloons can only fly when the wind is under 10 mph and there are no storms within a 60 mile radius.
There will also be fun, games, a dunking’ booth, and other activities. Hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks will also be available on site. A minimal fee will be charged with all proceeds going to the Southeastern Alzheimer’s Association.
The event, held at the Lake Country Business Park on Noblin Farm Road, starts at 6 p.m. and continues until dusk.
On Friday evening, there will be kiddie rides in the lot adjacent to the Wells Fargo parking lot starting at 4:00 p.m., with the official Opening Ceremonies scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Musicical entertainment for the opening will be provided by singer-songwriter Logan Robinson.
Also during the opening, three winners take home fabulous prizes in this year’s “Land or Lake” fundraising raffle. Up for grabs are three different prize packages, each designed to enhance your summer fun.
Tickets are on sale now at the Clarksville-Lake Country Chamber of Commerce Office for the raffle.
Immediately following the opening ceremonies, “Miss Mini and Pressure Point” will take the stage, providing music for an epic street dance-concert. Playing a wide variety of music ranging from classic to original tunes, the band has become a crowd favorite up and down the eastern seaboard.
Saturday is Prime Time for LakeFest starting with an 8:00 a.m. 5k run.
By 9:00 a.m., vendors will line Virginia Avenue from end to end for one of the biggest Arts and Craft shows in the state. Vendors from all over will be on hand selling everything from sunglasses to services, food, jewelry, novelty items and so much more.
The day also features a classic car show, special appearances by Disney characters, Wonder Woman and others, games for children, rides, music and all around fun for the whole family.
Helicopter rides over the lake and festival will be available by Paul Jackson throughout the day for $30 per person.
At 7:00 p.m., Shame for Sydney will perform at the main stage area for the second street dance of the festival.
Getting from one point to another will not require a lot of walking as LakeFest’s Fun-Time Train will be traveling along Virginia Avenue throughout the day, giving folks a chance to sit back and enjoy the ride.
As the sun sets, boats will gather in the waters just off of Clarksville and when the sun goes down, LakeFest will host one of the biggest fireworks displays in the region.
The street dance will continue, closing out the 2018 LakeFest.
Citizens and visitors are urged to avoid parking problems by taking advance of the “easy park and ride.” For a modest $5 per vehicle, festival-goers can park at the parking lot across from The YMCA on Noblin Farm Road and catch the bus to the festival site. Busses will run every few minutes throughout the day up until 6:00 p.m.