Lakes Festival Extending To Three Days

WINONA LAKE – The annual celebration of local lakes, the Northern Indiana Lakes Festival, is now a three-day event, this year scheduled for June 7-9.

Organized by Kosciusko Lakes and Streams, a water research and education center at Grace College, the Lakes Festival is a weekend of events and activities on the shores of local lakes and sometimes in the lakes themselves.

Thanks to a partnership with Warsaw First Fridays, the Lakes Festival weekend will kick off with a special downtown First Friday event on June 7. The theme will be “We Are Lake City.”

The festival will continue Saturday at Warsaw’s Central Park. Events will include Center Lake Conservation Association’s Warsaw Aqua Mile swim race, the Water Waddle kids fun run and a performance by the Lake City Skiers.

Similar to last year, the Sunday portion of the festival will be at the Village at Winona in Winona Lake. Events will include Integrated Community Development International’s Run for Others 5K and KCV Cycling mountain bike time trials.

The Lakes Festival is accepting applications for vendors. This year, there will be incentives for festival attendees to visit the educational area as well as the business vendor area.

Applications and additional information can be found at

This year’s top sponsors include Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Zimmer, Biomet, CenturyLink and Silveus Insurance Group. Additional sponsors are being sought.

Kosciusko Lakes and Streams is a center at Grace College that focuses on applied research, education and community collaboration. For more information on Kosciusko Lakes and Streams visit



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