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Music is in the air as Festival of the Lakes approaches

2013-07-05T00:00:00Z Music is in the air as Festival of the Lakes approachesBy Michelle Turchany Times Columnist
July 05, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Hammond’s 10th annual Festival of the Lakes is a five-day celebration that begins July 17 and concludes July 21.

Like most festivals, it focuses on entertainment, food, and activities. This year's headliners are Nicole Jamrose and Smokey Robinson on July 17. A tribute night with EVOLUTION in tribute to Journey, and Bruce in the USA, a tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, follows July 18. The Crawpuppies kick off July 19 along with Better Than Ezra opening for Lifehouse, with fireworks by the Mad Bomber to conclude the night.

July 20 offers a Hip Hop Night with Pro Letarians, Rakim and LL Cool J, ending the night with another fireworks show by Mad Bomber. Closing out the festival July 21 is the Jesus Enriquez Orchestra and authentic Latin music by La Original Banda El Limon.

Concerts are held in the Pavilion at Wolf Lake and admission is free. There is a $15 per car parking fee.

Elephant ears, rides, and more

It wouldn’t be a festival without a carnival, right? Modern Midways has been retained by the City of Hammond to provide games, rides, prizes and food booths?

Don’t forget to take advantage of our five-day Mega Pass, a wrist band good for rides all five days. Purchase them for $50 at the Hammond Civic Center, 5825 Sohl Ave., until 4 p.m. July 16.

Fishing for trophies

With so many festival activities on the shores of Wolf Lake, why not include a fishing derby? The 10th annual Wolf Lake Fishing Derby gives people a chance to compete for prizes in two divisions by landing the largest bass, walleye, perch and pan fish. Entry is $1, and proceeds support the Wolf Lake stocking program.

Something for everyone

Senior Citizens Day features the Don Manin Quartet from noon until 3 p.m. July 19.

July 20 starts off with the Kathleen Pucalik 5K Run/Walk with 7 a.m. registration and the run/walk at 8 and a free children’s race (ages 8 and younger) at 8:15. July 20 is also Special Person’s Day at Wolf Lake Park from 10 a.m. until noon.

Activities conclude July 21 with the Hot Rod, Bike & Custom Car Show from noon until 3 p.m., and our 10th annual Polka Party featuring The D Street Band starting at 2 p.m. at Hammond Marina, with food available from Cavalier Inn until 6.

Children’s entertainment

The Children’s Stage starts off with the magic of Steve Kellogg, games, Tae Kwon Do demonstrations, Michelle’s Dance Studio show, and dance by the Hammond Academy Performing Arts, Dennehy Irish Dancers and Ballet Folklorico.

Don’t miss it

Learn more about events and times by visiting or, or check out the Festival of the Lakes Facebook page.

H.I.T. it out of the park

The first Hammond Invitational Tournament will take place July 29 through Aug. 4. Open to all baseball and softball teams ages 10 to 12, there is a 4-pool play game guarantee and 8-team bracket finals.

Games will take place at Hammond Optimist Park, Hammond Hermits, Hessville Little League, Robertsdale Little League, and Edison and Hammond Civic Center softball fields.

Call Sharon Daniels at (219) 853-6501. Visit for registration and rules or the HIT Facebook page.

Wham Bike Ride

The Wham Bike Ride kicks off at midnight Aug. 3 on a 25-mile scenic route. Each participant will receive a commemorative T-shirt, entertainment, giveaways and breakfast. Call Jill at (219) 937-7942.

Michelle Turchany is special events coordinator for the city of Hammond. Her opinions are her own. Contact her at

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