Hobart Happenings

Hobart welcomes people and ducks to Lakefront Festival

2012-08-15T00:00:00Z Hobart welcomes people and ducks to Lakefront FestivalBy June Kegebein Times Columnist nwitimes.com
August 15, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Annual Lakefront Festival will be held Thursday through Sunday at Festival Park, 111 E. Old Ridge Road.

Hobart Lions Club will host its annual Lions Steak Fry from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, with tickets available at the door. Call Clarence at (219) 742-5214.

Sunday's offerings include the pig roast from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (get there early, it sells fast), and the annual Dam Duck Race at 3. Historically, 4,000 ducks have been dumped over the Lou Kuchta Memorial Bridge into Lake George, and the current of the water over the dam has taken the ducks to the finish line. Each duck has a number on the bottom of it which corresponds with a raffle ticket.

First duck to cross the finish line over the dam wins a $1,000 first prize. Second prize is a one-year family membership to Hobart Family YMCA, third and fourth prizes are $500 cash, and many other prizes will be claimed by those who adopt a winning duck.

The band playing from 4 to 11 p.m. Sunday will be Shuddup & Drive. Arts and crafts, food, music, games and information booths will also be featured.

Pig roast tickets are available at the Hobart Chamber of Commerce office, 1001 Lillian St., Hobart, (219) 942-5774.

Trio in concert

The next outdoor concert sponsored by the Hobart City Improvement Committee will feature the Murray Brothers Trio on Aug. 23 at Festival Park. Popcorn and hot dogs will be available for purchase from committee volunteers.

At last week's concert with vocalist Mary Babout, the Hobart Community Foundation announced the grant recipients of a certificate and donation to their favorite charity. The honorees are: Ryan Turley, representing the Hobart Football Boosters; June Kegebein and Virginia Curtis, Hobart City Improvement Committee; John Mitchell, Hobart Parks and Recreation Department; Pam Melon and Rita Wineinger, Exceptional Equestrians; Dave Vinzant and Ann O’Meara, Hobart Community Foundation; and Rae-Ann Trakas, Hobart Special Events Committee.

The Hobart Community Foundation annually hosts the Dam Duck Race and the Mama Mia Spaghetti Dinner, to generate grant funds. The next grant allocation will be in October, with a September deadline for turning in applications. Applications may be downloaded at www.hobartcommunityfoundation.org or call Leni Vinzant at (219) 942-5781.

Family Bike Ride

Register at the Hobart Family YMCA for Hobart’s five-mile Family Bike Ride on Sept. 8, starting at City Ball Park, 100 W. Eighth St., and heading to the Oak Savanna Trail and Robinson Lake Park.

Cost is $5. Be there at 8:30 a.m., ride starts at 9. Register online at www.hobartymca.org.

Kids Against Hunger.

Hobart Kiwanis Club will assist in packaging 125,000 meals at the Valparaiso University Athletic Center on Sept. 22. Tons of shelf-stable dry food ingredients are packed in two shifts and sent to food pantries for distribution. George Rainey is the Kiwanis contact; call him at (219) 973-3600 with questions. Register online at www.kah-greenwood.org/how-to-help/join-a-packing-event.

Contact June with Hobart community news at (219) 942-4062 or JuneNgerry@aol.com. pinions expressed are solely those of the writer.

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