LakeFest 2023                   schedule of events

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Theme: Life is Great at LakeFest

Friday, May 19 - Saturday, May 20, 2023
 Chipley Park, Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, Florida

LakeFest is an annual festival in DeFuniak Springs, Florida celebrating safe, recreational activities for the entire family on the water and banks of beautiful Lake DeFuniak, one of the world’s rare, naturally round spring-fed lakes. The 2023 event is comprised of a fish fry, kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, hilarious Cardboard Boat Races, and the thrill of watching hydro-flight athletes performing for the crowds.  There will be live entertainment, waterslides, a dunking booth, and many other activities in the Kids Zone, a variety of food and merchandise vendors, educational vendors, and exhibits, and the 2023 LakeFest Car Show "Under the Oaks" sponsored by Krewe de Yak.  The 2023 program will include overnight primitive camping for those who sign up in advance for an event or who are vendors, sponsors, and educational booth hosts.  Personal paddle craft welcomed! Paddle craft will need to be unloaded and the vehicle removed from the Lakeyard by 8:30 a.m.  Canoe and kayaks will be available for $10.00.  A hold harmless form must be signed by the renter.  All Lucky Ducks on the water must be turned in at the canoe and kayak rental booth.   Only one duck per person.  All winners must be present to win and winners will be announced at the amphitheater at 2:15 p.m.


Friday, May 19, 2023

 11:00 a.m.  V.F.W. Post 4437 LAKEFEST FISH FRY- Fish, Fries, Beans, Coleslaw, and Hushpuppies - $12.00 

12:00 p.m.   Primitive tent camping - set-up begins - Circle Drive   

3:00 p.m.  Vendor Setup Begins - Vendors can set up between 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

** 7th Street to Live Oak Road - CLOSED between 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. **


 5:00 p.m.   Food Vendors Open 

                      Disc Golf Opens


 5:30 p.m.   Live Entertainment - Crews Wright   


 6:30 p.m.    Live Entertainment - Lakeyard Saints


  7:30 p.m.    Live Entertainment - Andy Avery


   9:00 p.m.   LakeFest concludes until Saturday, May 20, 2023, at 9:00 a.m.


Saturday, May 20, 2023

**  ROAD CLOSURE starts at 6 a.m. ALL of Circle Drive and West to 7th Street **

    7:00 a.m.  Artists/Vendor Market check-in, Live Oak Avenue and Circle Drive

     8:00 a.m.  Check-in for the LakeFest Car Show and the Tractor Show – 7th Street and Circle Drive

    8:00 a.m.  Farmers Market- Baldwin Avenue between 7th Street & 8th Street  


    9:00 a.m Events & Activities area: 

                               Opening Ceremonies - Amphitheater Stage

                                Welcome and Invocation - Mayor Bob Campbell

                                Present the Colors - Walton High School Air Force Junior ROTC

                                Post the Colors - Walton High School Air Force Junior ROTC 

                                Pledge of the Allegiance

                                National Anthem  - Andy Avery

                                Introduction of 2023 LakeFest Queens

                                Introduction of 2023 DeFuniak Springs Queens

                                Introduction of 2023 Walton County Queens

                                LakeFest Officially Opens

                                Cardboard Boat Registration Begins

                                Tractor Show Opens

                                Disc Golf Opens


     9:30 a.m.      Live Entertainment – Crews Wright - Amphitheater Stage  


     10:00 a.m.     Events & Activities by area: 

                              Walton County Heritage Museum, Circle Drive, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

                              Caboose opens for tours, Circle Drive, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.   

                                Lucky Duck Hunt for the Children - At the Walton County Heritage Museum                   


                                2023 LakeFest Car Show and Public Voting (10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) 

                                 Circle Drive, Under the Oaks at Chipley Park near the amphitheater


                                Lucky Duck Hunt on the Water - Lake DeFuniak – 1 duck per person- 

                                 turn in duck at Kayak & Canoe Rental tent behind amphitheater -winners 

                                 will be announced at 2:15 p.m. on the amphitheater stage.    


     10:30 a.m.    Cardboard Boat Registration - Ends

      11:00 a.m.    Events & Activities by area: 

                              Live Entertainment – Joey Shaling -Amphitheater Stage


      12:00 p.m.    Events & Activities by area:  

                                Cardboard Boat Competition Begins, Circle Drive, Lake DeFuniak


      12:30 p.m.  Live Entertainment – Martin McDaniel Band – Amphitheater Stage


     1:00 p.m.  Events & Activities by area:

     1:30 p.m.  Early Lineup – Parade Early Lineup can begin (turn on Bruce Avenue and follow signs) 

     2:00 p.m.     Events & Activities by area:

                              Live Entertainment - Dikki Du & the Zydeco Krewe

      2:15 p.m.     Award Presentations:

                              Car Show

                              Lucky Duck Winners

                              Live Entertainment continues with Dikki Du & the Zydeco Krewe 

 2:30 p.m.          Lineup and staging for the parade (turn on Bruce Avenue and follow signs)

 3:00 p.m.          LakeFest Parade - Circle Drive, clockwise direction beginning at Hubbard Street

                              Narrated by Andy Avery

 3:30 p.m.          Live Entertainment continues with Dikki Du & the Zydeco Krewe    


 4:30 p.m.          LakeFest wraps up for another year! – We hope you have enjoyed your day and we 

                              look forward to seeing you at LakeFest 2024!!


Vendors may continue to sell after 4:30 p.m. but MUST vacate the premises by 7:00 p.m. and have their areas cleaned and free from all trash. Thank you.


 Sunday, May 21, 2023

Noon: Camping concludes

All primitive campers should leave their campsites clean and vacate by noon. 

Be safe going home and we hope to see you at LakeFest 2024!

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