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Friday, 08 August 2014 00:00

Venetian Festival lights up Lake Geneva

Written by  CSI Media news staff
 The Riviera is lit up with the fireworks during a previous Venetian Festival. The Riviera is lit up with the fireworks during a previous Venetian Festival. Terry Mayer

The 52nd annual Venetian Festival, sponsored by the Lake Geneva Jaycees, kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 13, and runs through Sunday night Aug. 17. The festival has a great music lineup, a craft show, beer tent, brat stand, water ski show, carnival, lighted boat parade and fireworks show.

 All events take place in Flat Iron, Seminary and Library parks, along the lakefront in Lake Geneva.

Ride specials include $20 wristbands from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Live entertainment is located in the Jaycees Entertainment Pavilion beer tent -- you must be 21 to enter.

The entertainment schedule:

• 8 p.m. Aug. 13, Bella Cain

• 8 p.m. Aug. 14, Cherry Pie

• 8 p.m. Aug. 15, The Toys

• noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 16, Fresh Hops Band

• noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 16, Baggo Tournament

• 8 p.m. Aug. 16, Too White Crew

• Noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 17, Lake Geneva House of Music

• 8 p.m. Aug. 17, Megan Ruger, season six contestant on “The Voice”

The craft fair is held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Library Park. Admission is free. There are more than 110 exhibitors.

The water ski show takes place at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17.

The highlight for many visitors to Venetian Festival is the lighted boat parade, held Aug. 17 at dusk. This year’s theme is Americana. The fireworks follow.

Fireworks begin promptly at 9 p.m. on Aug. 17. Fireworks are shot off in Geneva Bay, downtown Lake Geneva and can be viewed from Library Park, the lakefront, Riviera Beach and Flat Iron Park in downtown Lake Geneva.

If you go:

What: 52nd annual Venetian Festival

When: 5 p.m. to midnight Aug. 13-15, noon to midnight Aug. 16-17

Where: Flat Iron, Seminary and Library parks, Lake Geneva

Admission: Free; Some cover charges apply to entertainment in the beer tent.

Contact: VenetianFestival.com

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