LakeFest in PC continues today and Sunday
by ELSIE HODNETT
May 17, 2013 | 3606 views |  0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Veterans from the Col. Robert L. Howard State Veterans Home were honored Friday at Logan Martin LakeFest and Boat Show. The fireworks show scheduled for Friday night was rescheduled for tonight due to rain.
Veterans from the Col. Robert L. Howard State Veterans Home were honored Friday at Logan Martin LakeFest and Boat Show. The fireworks show scheduled for Friday night was rescheduled for tonight due to rain.
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PELL CITY — The Third Annual Logan Martin LakeFest and Boat Show continues today, as the South’s largest in-water boat show and festival offers a variety of music, vendors and much more.

LakeFest is held at Horizons in Pell City and is free to attend.

“I love meeting the people and visiting with them,” said Maria Price, realtor with RE/MAX Southern Homes. “I’ve participated all three years. LakeFest has good music and fun—you get to meet a lot of good folks. People from all walks of life come to attend.”

Lee Holmes, co-owner of Sylacauga Marine & ATV, said he, Jerry Woods, owner of Woods Surfside Marina and Fred Casey, owner of Tradesman Co., came up with the idea to host a boat show on the lake.

“It evolved from there,” he said.

Holmes said there were close to 60 boats in the water Friday, including 22 from Sylacauga Marine & ATV.

“LakeFest is one of best boat shows we do,” he said. “We have had a lot of success as a vendor. It’s outside on the lake and it’s helpful for customers to test the boat and make sure it is what they like.”

Holmes said there are also special LakeFest deals, including extended warranties and special financing only offered this weekend.

“There are added incentives and special deals making LakeFest the best time to buy a boat,” he said.

The in-water boat show features 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.

Woods said LakeFest is a huge success.

“It is great for Pell City—it promotes lake lifestyle,” he said. “Every one of us (who started LakeFest) believes Logan Martin Lake is the jewel of Pell City. LakeFest is extremely successful and I think this year is going to be the best year yet.”

Casey said thanks to LakeFest sponsors, donations have been made to numerous charities including the Logan Martin Lake Protection Association, St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, Rotary, Civitan and Kiwanis clubs, Pell City Police Department, Lakeside Hospice, Sylacauga Soccer, Pell City D.A.R.E. program and Childersburg Youth Baseball, and offer free vendor spaces to nonprofit agencies such as Lakeside Hospice, Coosa Riverkeepers, Eden Elementary School and others.

“We try to select new charities each year,” he said. “I want to thank our sponsors, who have been very supportive at every turn. They are terrific and that’s what makes this so worthwhile. I want to thank our board of directors, and also Pam Adamson with The Daily Home.”

Nancy Locklar, owner of Realty Executives Complete, said it is nice to offer LakeFest for local and non-local people.

“We always try to draw people to the lake, and this event does that,” she said.

LMLPA President Mike Riley said the LMLPA has received $10,000 from LakeFest over the past two years.

“We hope for more this year to help complete the wetlands project at Lakeside Park,” he said.

Riley said LakeFest receives a lot of support from Pell City.

“We want businesses to succeed on the lake,” he said. “It’s a good partnership. And we are looking at other nonprofit charities to donate to in the future.”

The fireworks show was canceled Friday night due to rain. It has been rescheduled for tonight at around 8:45 p.m. The show is presented by Bennington Luxury Pontoon Boats. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early for a good seat. Lawn chairs and blanekets are permitted, but cooler are not.

Today:

• At 9 a.m. LakeFest opens to vendors.

• At 10 a.m. LakeFest opens to the public.

• At noon, the Pell City Line Dancers will perform on the main stage.

• At 1 p.m. Starrz Performing Arts Academy will perform.

• At 2 p.m. Nashville Bound will perform.

• At 3:30 p.m. is the AIRHEAD Party Pack giveaway courtesy of Sylacauga Marine and ATV.

• At 4:30 p.m. is the YETI Prize Pack giveaway courtesy of Tradesman Co.

• At 6 p.m. LakeFest closes for the evening.

On Sunday:

• At 11 a.m. LakeFest opens to vendors.

• At noon LakeFest opens to the public.

• At 5 p.m. LakeFest closes for the year.

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodnett@dailyhome.com.