Come out and help celebrate a decade of festival fun along Hammond’s three lakefronts at the five-day 2013 Festival of the Lakes Wednesday, July 17 through Sunday, July 21.
Most of the activities take place at Wolf Lake Memorial Park, 2938 S Calumet Ave. in Hammond.
For more information about any activities, call 219.853.6378.
Now check out these special events and offers…
CARNIVAL MEGA PASSES
Everybody loves a carnival and the return of the Carnival Mega Pass means savings for everyone.
The Mega Pass is on sale for $50 each and only at the Hammond Civic Center Business Office, 5825 S. Sohl Ave. now until 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 16.
You can purchase your Mega Pass Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and pay with cash, check, Visa or MasterCard.
A Mega Pass allows unlimited carnival rides during the Festival of the Lakes from open until close. Turn in your pass at the Modern Midways office on the Festival grounds at Wolf Lake Memorial Park beginning Wednesday, July 17 at 5 p.m. You’ll receive a wristband that must be worn for the entirety of the Festival. Once a Mega Pass is purchased, there will be no refunds or exchanges.
CHILDREN’S WRIST BAND DAYS
The kiddies can enjoy the Modern Midways carnival rides at Festival of the Lakes during special Wrist Band Days. Each Wrist Band costs $25 and gives the younger set unlimited rides during specific times. The bands are available at the Modern Midways office on the Wolf Lake festival grounds.
Opening day – Wednesday, July 17 – is one of those special times. This Wrist Band Day for children goes from 5 to 11 p.m.
Unlimited rides with a Wrist Band will also be available from noon to 5 p.m. both Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21.
FOTL SENIOR DAY
Calling all seniors, ages 55 and better!
Join the fun at the 10th Annual Festival of the Lakes at Wolf Lake Memorial Park from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 19. The park will only be open for senior citizens during this time.
The afternoon’s activities include music provided by The Don Manin Quartet, dancing and lunch. Admission is free and a complimentary goody bag will be provided for each participant.
KATHLEEN PUCALIK MEMORIAL 5K WALK/RUN
Mayor McDermott will host the Kathleen Pucalik Memorial 5K Run/Walk at the 10th Annual Festival of the Lakes on Saturday, July 20 at Wolf Lake Memorial Park.
The event honors the memory of 47-year old Pucalik, a Hammond City Councilwoman who passed away July 15, 2011.
Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to compete. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with the race starting at 8 a.m. The competition begins and ends at Wolf Lake Memorial Park. A free children’s race begins at 8:15 a.m.
The fee for early registration, on or before July 19, is $20. On race day, the fee is $25 per person.
Racers pre-registering by July 5 are guaranteed shirts and sizes (adults S to XL and children M and L), according to the Hammond Parks & Recreation Department. T-shirts to racers pre-registering after July 5 and on the day of the race are subject to availability. ‘
Awards will be presented to first, second and third-place finishers in the following age groups – 8 years and younger; ages 9 to 11; 12 to 14 year olds; 15 to 18; 19 to24; 25 to 29; 30 to 34; 35 to 39; 40 to 44; 45 to 49; 50 to 54; 55 to 59; 60 to 64; 65 to 69; and 70 and older.
FOTL FISHING DERBY
Kids can angle for a variety of fish at the Festival of the Lakes Fishing Derby scheduled for Saturday, July 20 from 8 a.m. to noon on the shores of Wolf Lake (Indiana side).
Everyone will fish from on shore with no boats permitted. Fishing poles and live bait will be available.
There’s a $1 donation entry fee to support the Wolf Lake fish stocking program. Kids ages 15 and younger will receive free fishing equipment, while supplies last.
A free Kids’ Seminar on fishing will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The rain date is Sunday, July 21, beginning at 8 a.m.
This popular fishing derby is sponsored by Hammond-based Mik Lurch Fishing Tackle Outlet and the Optimist Club of Hammond, says Mayor Thomas M. McDermott Jr.
Trophies will be awarded for the largest catches in two divisions – younger than 12 years of age and 12 years and older. The trophies will be for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for largest bass, walleye and pan fish catch. Trophies will also be presented to the oldest and youngest angler at the derby.
SPECIAL PERSON’S DAY
Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and Hammond Parks and Recreation invite those with special needs and their families to join in the fun on Saturday, July 20, at the 10th Annual Festival of the Lakes Special Person’s Day at Wolf Lake Memorial Park.
People with special needs can ride carnival rides designated safe for free, compliments of Modern Midways, from 10 a.m. to noon, prior to the festival opening.
Enjoy free admission, a free lunch and other goodies while supplies last. Special parking will be designated along Sheffield Avenue near the Main Entrance to the park.
HOT ROD, BIKE & CUSTOM CAR SHOW
Vehicle enthusiasts of all ages will want to gather at the 10th Annual Festival of the Lake Hot Rod, Bike & Custom Car Show at Wolf Lake Memorial Park on Sunday, July 21.
Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon and the show is from noon until 3 p.m. The entry fee is $20 per vehicle. There are 16 class registrations this year.
Admission to the show is free to the public. The rain date is Sunday, July 28.
Nibble your way through the fare offered at the concession stands and enter raffles for prizes. Those entering their vehicles in the show are eligible for dash plaques and awards.
FOTL POLKA PARTY
Dance the afternoon away at the Festival of the Lakes Polka Party being held at the Hammond Marina, 701 Casino Dr., from 2 to 6 p.m., Sunday, July 21.
The always popular live polka group “D Street Band” returns again this year to entertain. You can dance the polka or just enjoy sitting on the Marina’s patio and watching the gorgeous views of Lake Michigan.
Parking and admission are free. Traditional cuisine will be offered for sale provided by Hammond’s Cavalier Inn and there will be a cash bar.
Remember to bring your own lawn chairs and/or blankets for additional seating.