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Hammond cancels Festival of the Lakes Snoop Dogg would have headlined
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Hammond cancels Festival of the Lakes Snoop Dogg would have headlined

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Another one of Northwest Indiana's largest summer festivals has been canceled for 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Hammond is canceling Festival of the Lakes, the week-long festival of concerts at The Pav at Wolf Lake in July, Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. announced Wednesday on a virtual Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce meeting.

"I don't want the fest to be a super-spreader," he said.

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Hammond has gotten many big names to headline Festival of the Lakes in recent years, including Boyz II Men, Nas, Ludacris, the Roots, Sublime with Rome, Chevelle, the Charlie Daniels Band and Bush. This year, the popular rapper Snoop Dogg was supposed to headline the outdoor festival.

McDermott said the city of Hammond would try to reschedule Snoop Dogg and other acts that had been slated to perform at Festival of the Lakes this year to perform at The Pav at Wolf Lake sometime in 2021. Other acts have been booked but were not publicly announced because of the uncertainty about whether the festival would take place, given the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Hammond had already sold $30,000 worth of VIP tickets closer to the stage for the Snoop Dogg show before suspending ticket sales after coronavirus was declared a public health crisis.

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Formerly known as August Fest, Festival of the Lakes celebrates Lake Michigan, Wolf Lake and George Lake in Hammond. In addition to free concerts in various musical genres intended to draw diverse audiences, it includes a midway with carnival rides, fireworks, local food vendors, a beer garden, fishing derbies, golf scrambles at the nearby Lost Marsh Golf Course and other activities.

This year's Festival of the Lakes would have taken place from July 15 through July 19 at Wolf Lake Memorial Park, just across Calumet Avenue from George Lake and a short distance from the Lake Michigan lakeshore.

McDermott said it may still be possible for the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra to play at Wolf Lake this summer with social distancing, since that concert typically draws a few thousand people and the outdoor venue can accommodate as many as 15,000 people.

For more information, visit www.festivalofthelakes.com.

Gallery: Festival of the Lakes through the years

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.

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