The Lakeside Music Festival, which took place Friday and Saturday at the Washington Fairgrounds, was a learning experience for all involved, said Jim Dierking, one of the event organizers.
“Overall, everything went great,” Dierking said. “The bands were easy to deal with. The weather was misty, but it wasn’t pouring down rain or snowing.”
The weather, though, proved to be a challenge as the cold temperatures kept some from attending, Dierking said.
“I think we did it right, but the weather killed us,” he said.
There were frost warnings each night, he said. Temperatures both Friday and Saturday were in the mid-50s late into the evening. The high temperature Friday was 66 degrees.
Dierking estimated there were 600 in attendance Friday night and about 1,800 Saturday.
Organizers were a little disappointed with the attendance, but said it was mostly due to weather.
The event was organized by both the Washington Knights of Columbus and the Lions Club.
“The two groups working together was phenomenal,” said Dierking, thanking everyone who helped set up, work, tear down or sponsor the event.
“Everyone who had anything to do with this was such a pleasure to work with, including the Fair Board and the city of Washington,” he said.
Other than “talking nice to Mother Nature,” Dierking said he wouldn’t change anything about the event.
“Everybody who was out there thoroughly enjoyed themselves,” he said. “But we wished we had bonfires.”
The two-night festival featured music by John Michael Montgomery, Chase Yaklin and Whiskey Dixon Friday night, and featured Foghat, April Wine and Dick & Jane Saturday.
“I think the entire city learned a lot,” Dierking said. “This was the first time the grounds and the new stage had been rented for any big production other than the Fair.”
Dierking said he would love to do the event again next year, if the two groups would agree to do it again.