Visitors flock to weekend events for free family fun
by Elsie Hodnett
Jun 07, 2011 | 1221 views |  0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Thousands turned out for weekend events in Pell City including the annual Catfish Rodeo at Lakeside Park. The rodeo, Block Party and Lakefest were all a success, officials said.
Thousands turned out for weekend events in Pell City including the annual Catfish Rodeo at Lakeside Park. The rodeo, Block Party and Lakefest were all a success, officials said.
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PELL CITY — The annual Block Party, Catfish Rodeo and Lakefest made for a great weekend of free family fun.

The events kicked off Friday, as thousands of music lovers flocked to downtown for the Greater Pell City Chamber of Commerce 12th Annual Hometown Block Party. Attendees were able to enjoy a variety of live music, entertainment, vendors, food and more.

Saturday morning brought young anglers together for the Ninth Annual Catfish Rodeo at Lakeside Park. The children were able to test their skills against 1,500 pounds of catfish in a netted area. After the catfish rodeo, the netted area was opened to the public.

Saturday also kicked off the two-day Logan Martin Lakefest and Boat Show at Horizons in Pell City.

“This year’s Logan Martin Lakefest and Boat Show went very well, a success all around,” said Eric Housh, one of the event’s organizers. “We estimate about 6,000 people came over the course of the weekend.”

Housh said attendees were able to come to the event by land and by lake.

“A lot of it was boat traffic,” he said. “At one point, there was no free space to tie up anymore boats to.”

Housh said Lakefest had three main goals: fundraising for the Logan Martin Lake Protection Association, promoting local commerce and introducing people to the lake itself.

“We raised close to $10,000 for the Logan Martin Lake Protection Association, and met that goal,” he said. “The vendors all did very well. And we heard from attendees over and over how gorgeous the lake is.”

Housh said many of the attendees are from the area, but have not spent much time on Logan Martin Lake.

“This event helped introduce the lake to folks who weren’t familiar with it,” he said. “A lot of those people had no idea how beautiful Horizons is and how beautiful the lake is.”

Housh said the car show wasn’t as large as he had hoped, but there are plans to improve it next year.

“The Birmingham Sailing Club did sailing demonstrations and rides every half hour,” he said. “It was very popular and stayed packed.”

Housh said the kid’s area was also popular.

“Celebrations provided us with four bouncy castles that stayed full of kids,” he said. “And we had a face painter who used to work for Disney who did some incredible work. We also had mini-golf, and other carnival-type games.”

Housh said the live music was a huge success.

“It’s live music by the lake,” he said. “I’m not sure it gets much better than that.”

Housh said the stage the bands played on faced the lake, allowing people to listen from land and from the water.

“At one point, we had 50-60 boats tied up listening to the music,” he said. “The bands were great, and we hope to have them all back at some point in the future.”

Housh said overall this year’s Lakefest exceeded expectations and estimates.

“We spoke with all the vendors and sponsors, and as many of the attendees as we could,” he said. “We learned a lot, and will make some key changes based on that feedback to make next year’s Lakefest bigger and better.”

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodnett@dailyhome.com.

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