Lakemont Park will host the Summer Fest on the Lake | News, Sports, Jobs

Festivals return to Lakemont Park for the first time since the park reopened following renovations completed in 2019.

Summer Fest on the Lake, which begins Friday and ends Sunday, will be similar to previous events, such as the Keystone Country Festival and the Altoona First Festival, but with a little variation, according to Melanie Shildt, general manager of the park.

“We are happy to bring this type of event back to the community, but with a slightly different twist to festivals held before,” she says.

Each of the three days will feature live entertainment, including multiple daily Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show performances featuring log rolling, saw racing, crosscut sawing, chainsaw carving and more.

Friday will feature live music from The Jaded Lips, a three-man band from Altoona, who play a mix of local rock and soul.

“We always look forward to any event that spotlights local vendors, artists, businesses and in our case, a local original band,” said Hunter Karns of The Jaded Lips. “There are a lot of talents that go unnoticed.”

Saturday will feature a full day of High Country Toast and Jam, a bluegrass/newgrass music concept featuring local artists Coltt Winter Lepley, Chris Strait, Canoe Ridge, Mama Corn and Joe Hodges from Nashville.

A fireworks display will follow at 10 p.m.

Sunday features performances by a variety of local bands.

In addition to the entertainment, the festival will host craft vendors with items ranging from soaps, jewelry and primitive decor to wreaths, wood crafts and holiday and pet items. Food kiosks include Snyder’s Concessions, Shuman’s, The Rotating Chef, Nuts for You, Precious Life and Lakemont Park.

The C2 Trolley House Bar and Grill will be open for the sale of beer, wine and liquor and there will also be two other beer tents with a variety of offerings.

To purchase adult beverages, festival-goers will need to show valid photo ID and carry an Over 21 wristband in addition to their admission wristband. Beer tents will be cash only. Additionally, all adult beverages must remain within the fenced area, in which all major entertainment and a large number of vendors will be located.

Carnival games, horse-drawn carriage rides and park attractions will also be on offer during the weekend festival.

“We have a very generous community member who donates the carriage rides,” Shildt added.

Admission to the festival is $10 per person, with children 5 and under admitted free. All park attractions, except the batting cages, are included in the price of admission.

Summer Fest on the Lake will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Attendees will enter the park through the main gates and the gift shop in the main plaza. Free parking is available at the Village and on all three levels of the Altoona Curve garage.

For the full festival schedule, visit the Lakemont Park Facebook page or website at

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