Organizers said the stage lineup is ready, ticket sales are going well and the weather forecast appears favorable for the Lakeside Music Festival, which is set for this Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, at the Washington Fairgrounds main stage.
Thousands are expected to attend the two-day festival.
“The lineup is so spectacular that I don’t think there will be any problem with getting people there,” said Jim Dierking, one of the event organizers.
The Friday night lineup includes John Michael Montgomery, Chase Yaklin and Whiskey Dixon, and Saturday night will feature Foghat, April Wine and Dick & Jane.
Gates will open at 4 p.m. both nights with music to begin at 5 p.m.
Tickets are $20 per night or there is an online special of $30 for both nights. Tickets are being sold online at www.lakesidemusicfestival.com or at Downtown Washington Inc. inside the old Downtown post office.
Food and beer will be sold at the festival.
The event is being organized by both the Washington Knights of Columbus and the Lions Club.
A core committee consists of about 20 people, however, close to 200 volunteers will help with the festival each night, Dierking said.
“The committee was an absolute delight to work with,” he said. “Everybody took what they had to do and got it done.”
Dierking said members of both groups have been a tremendous help in planning the event.
“When everyone is working on this event, they’re no longer a member of the Knights of Columbus or the Lions Club, they’re a member of the Lakeside Music Festival,” he said.
Organizers hope the weather forecast cooperates, but said people will be at the fairgrounds rain or shine.
The event is a fund-raiser for both the Lions and the Knights of Columbus. The two groups, which return as much as 98 percent of the money they make on events back to the community through their projects and causes, will split the proceeds evenly.
Dierking said he’s excited to see the main stage used, as well as how having two bands on stage will work out each night.