Lake Maxinkuckee Its Intrigue History & Genealogy Culver, Marshall, Indiana

Culver Lakefest  

The Culver Lakefest had its founding in February of 1984 by a simple question asked by Major General Robert Tanguy in a meeting of the Culver Economic Development Committee: Why doesn't Culver have festival?

The Chairman of the CEDC Joe Plankis said:

    Ok, Tanguy, draw up an organization plan for it and we will look at it next meeting.

The next meeting it was approved by the CEDC members of which were: Charles Edgington, Jim Bonine, Jim Moss, Jean Rakich, Roy Shepard, Joe Plakis and Robert Tanguy.

The CEDC agreed to finance it and appointed Roy Shepard chairman of the fiestival project. The first meeting was held at the Mc Gill's factory confernece room on a Saturday at 9 a.m. There was a hugh turnout. Committees were formed. Connie Van Horn, Parade chairman; Burn-Out, Kevin Bonine & Mike Maddox; Booths, Clara Hansen.

Others were Elmer Haun, Roderick Martindale, Judy Currens, Shirley Baker, Cheryl (Schrimsher) Hyndman, Tricia Ammer, Shellie Shepherd and many other that are un-accounted for.

It was held on the the third full weekend in July since its inception and has became a tradition.

1984 was the first Lakefest - and Lakefest Parade - by news accounts - State Representative Ed Cook, Senator Richard Miller, State Attorney General Linley Pearson and US Congressman John Hiler cut the ribbbon to official start the festival.

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It's Grand Marshall's & Themes

Miss Maxinkuckee & Her Court

>Culver LakeFest 2011 Schedule (PDF format)

Culver LakeFest 2012 Schedule (PDF format)
    03/07/12 Yes Virginia, there will be a Lake Fest! Mark your calendars for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 20th, 21st and 22nd for the 29th annual “Culver Lake Fest.” Jean E. Overmyer, Lake Fest Committee President stated, “Preparations have already begun to plan this year’s festival. We are thrilled to bring back some of the Lake Fest favorites with adding new and exciting events to the festival.”

    The Festival will kick-off Friday afternoon with food, arts and crafts booths, a talent contest and the Miss Maxinkuckee pageant.

    Saturday is packed full of activities and events for all ages. The Lion’s Club will be hosting a pancake and sausage breakfast. Other Saturday events will be a bass fishing tournament, 5 mile fun walk and run, parade, kids games, wake board show, fireman’s water ball contest and live entertainment. The day will end with a spectacular fireworks display over beautiful Lake Maxinkuckee.

    Sunday will start with the traditional Lion’s Club pancake and sausage breakfast, a community church service and the Lake Max bike ride. The car show will anchor the park as food, arts and crafts booths continue throughout the day.

    This year’s Lake Fest officers are: Jean E. Overmyer-President, Sam Bramfeld-Vice. President, Donna Weirick-Treasurer, Susan Elizondo-Secretary and Trent Bennet-Publicity. Committee members include: Trent and Dana Bennett, Bill Birk, Anthony Bonine, Kevin Bonine, Sam and Chelsea Bramfeld, Chris and Candi Chambers, Scott and An=my Curtis, Dave Crabb, Shelli Dickey, Frank and Susan Elizondo, Deb Foley, Ken and Linda McCune, Dean and Susie Norwich, JB and Jean e. Overmyer, Mike and Connie Overmyer, Jake Sturman, Jason Sturman, and Jim and Donna Weirick. - WTCA Radio

2015 - fall ---- rumor has it that the committee had offically decided to call the events quits after many years of immense labor spread between a comparatibvely small hand of volunteers...

2016 - Feb 6 Fate of Lake Feast 2016 may depend on community volunteers.... CUlver LakeFest 2008 Schedule (Jpg)

Culver LakeFest 2014 Schedule (PDF format)

Lakfest 2015 News Aritcle

2016 CUlver Lakefest Guide(PDF format)


Events of the Festival over the years have been:
  • Miss Maxinkuckee Pagent
  • 5K run
  • Parade
  • Fireworks
  • Car Show
  • Burn Out
  • Lakefest 5 mile Run
  • Craft - Food Booths
  • Entertainment - Dances
  • Lakeside Community Chruch service
  • Antique Show
  • Kiss The Pig Contest
  • Quilt Show
  • Bass Fishing Tournment
  • Kiwanis Golf Outing
  • canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard race
  • Sunfish Regatta / Maxinkuckee Yacht Club Lake Fest Regatta
  • Culver Lions' pancake and sausage breakfast
  • free-throw contest
  • L'Max Bike Ride