LakeFest expands to 3 days
by Elsie Hodnett
PELL CITY — The third annual Logan Martin LakeFest and Boat Show has expanded this year to a three-day event.

“The South’s largest in-water boat show and festival is back for 2013 — and this year we’re making it a weekend-long event,” said Eric Housh, one of the organizers for the show.

The Logan Martin LakeFest and Boat Show is May 17-19 at Horizons in Pell City. The event is free to attend.

“We still have plenty of room for vendors to sign up,” Housh said. “The applications can be found at, and the application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, May 10.”

Housh said this year vendors must cater to things dealing with the lake, lake lifestyle or be located near the lake. Vendor fee is $30.

“We are really trying to focus the event specifically to the lake,” he said.

Justin Hogeland, one of the event organizers, said LakeFest gates open at 3 p.m. May 17. Music will start at 5:30 p.m. The headlining band is ChaseNtheDragons.

“This band has a deep and impressive history,” he said. “Chase Davidson is on lead vocals, and has played and toured with some of the largest alternative bands in the nation. His band, Red Halo, was featured on Fox's reality series ‘The Next Great American Band,’ where they finished in second place.”

Hogeland said bass player Matt Ross is Bo Bice's touring bass player, drummer Scott Colliar was with Brother Cane, which was Virgin Records, and lead guitarist Jason Marchant was with Red Halo, Vergos Merlot, Mars Electric and was signed with Atlantic Records. Marchant has played and opened with bands such as Lynard Skynard, Creed, Kid Rock and many more.

“We will kick things off properly Friday night with a fireworks show to honor our veterans, sponsored by Bennington Boats,” Housh said. “Veterans from the Col. Robert L. Howard State Veterans Home will be recognized and honored.”

Housh said the fireworks show will begin at dusk, between 8-9 p.m.

“Come early and grab a good seat,” he said. “Lawn chairs and blankets are permitted, but coolers are not.”

Hogeland said LakeFest is open May 18 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

“The entertainment Saturday will begin at noon, featuring the Pell City Line Dancers,” he said. “At 1 p.m., Starrz Performing Arts dance class will perform. From 2-6 p.m. Nashville Bound will perform. Nashville Bound was created in 2012 for youth to have an opportunity to play country music. Most of them have already played with legends like Marty Stewart, Martina McBride and have been on stage at the Grand Ole Opry. We are looking for this year to be the largest LakeFest event ever. We encourage everyone to come and enjoy live music, food, vendors and test drive a new boat.”

Housh said the in-water boat show will feature fishing boats from Nitro, Tracker and more, pontoon boats from Bennington, Starcraft, Premier, Sun Tracker and more, and wakeboard and ski boats from Malibu, Moomba, Supra, Tahoe and more.

“We expect 5,000-7,000 attendees this year,” he said. “LakeFest is an outdoor event, so we hope for good weather as well as a good turnout.”

Housh said LakeFest is a sponsor-driven event, with proceeds benefiting various local non-profit community organizations.

“For the past two years, we have donated more than $15,000 to the Logan Martin Lake Protection Association, St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, Rotary and Kiwanis clubs, Pell City Police Department, Lakeside Hospice and Childersburg Youth Baseball,” he said.

For more information, email or call Margaret Isom at 205-338-7500.

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