LakeFest 2022                   schedule of events


"Living the Lake Life"

Friday, May 20 - Sunday, May 22, 2022
Chipley Park, Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, Florida

LakeFest is an annual festival in DeFuniak Springs, Florida celebrating safe, recreational activities for the entire family on the water and banks of beautiful Lake DeFuniak, one of the world’s rare, naturally round spring-fed lakes. The 2022 event is comprised of a fish fry, kayak, paddleboard and canoe races, hilarious Cardboard Boat Races, the Big Kahuna Paddle Challenge, the thrill of watching hydro-flight athletes performing for the crowds.  There will be live entertainment, waterslides, dunking booth and many other kids activities in the Kids Zone, a variety of food and merchandise vendors, educational vendors and exhibits and the Chautauqua Classic Car Show.  The 2022 program will include overnight primitive camping for those who sign up in advance for an event or who are vendors, sponsors and educational booth hosts.  

Friday, May 20, 2022

        9:00 a.m.   Primitive tent camping set-up begins  -Circle Drive   

       11:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.  - LAKEFEST FISH FRY-  Fish, Fries, Beans, Coleslaw, and Hushpuppies 

  5:00 p.m.      DJ CO-LOCK- In the Mix

         5:15 p.m.      Ben Merrell, Hydro flight athlete performs   - watch Ben throughout the evening                                                                  and all day  Saturday

  5:30 p.m.     Live Entertainment by TODAY'S YESTERDAY BAND

 7:30 p.m.     Live Entertainment by SHANE OWENS   

Saturday, May 21, 2022

        7:00 a.m.     Triathlon- Begins behind the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood at the boat ramp.

        7:00 a.m.      All Vendors  check-in, Live Oak Avenue and Circle Drive

        8:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.   check-in  for Chautauqua Classic Car Show - NE Corner of East Main Avenue and                                                                      Circle Drive

        8:00 a.m. -Noon     Farmers Market- Baldwin Avenue between 8th Street & 9th Street

  • 8:00 a.m.      Registration for all water sports competitions begins
  •  9:00 a.m.    OPENING CEREMONIES  - DJ CO LOCK -stage
  •  Welcome and Invocation - Mayor Bob Campbell
  •  Introduction of Walton County Queens
  •  Introduction of DeFuniak Springs Queens


       9:00 a.m.      EVENTS & ACTIVITIES by area: 

  • Walton County Heritage MuseumCircle Drive, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Kids Activities - Camp Kids - between stage and pier by Presbyterian Church 
  • Paddle Sport Races - Command Post - between stage and pier by Presbyterian Church

     10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.  Chautauqua Classic Car Show and Public Voting (10 am-2 pm)Begins at NE Corner of E. Main and Circle Drive at Chipley Park

     10:00 a.m.  EVENTS & ACTIVITIES: 

  • Entertainment, DJ CO-LOCK- In the Mix
  • Big Kahuna Paddle Challenge Registration begins
  • Cardboard Boat Registration begins

    10:15 a.m.     Hydro Flight Demonstrations,  Lake DeFuniak  

    10:45 a.m.     Big Kahuna Paddle Challenge- Time Trials Begin

    11:00 a.m.     LIVE ENTERTAINMENT - Stage

  • Lucky Duck on the water, Lake DeFuniak

     12:00 p.m.  Cardboard Boat Competition begins 


 2:30  p.m.  Introduction of dignitaries/special guests 

  •  Introduction of 2022 LakeFest Queens


  •                       Car Show
  •                       Watersport Races
  •                       Big Kahuna Voyager Race
  •                       Cardboard Boat Race
  •                       Lucky Duck Winners

        4:00 p.m.  LakeFest Parade  Circle Drive, Line-up/staging on East Main Street (look for signs)

       5:30 p.m. LakeFest 2022 concludes until May 2023 - Hope you have enjoyed your day and we will see you in 2023!

                                        All vendors should be closed, have their area cleaned, and be vacated by 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 22, 2022
Noon: Camping concludes

All  campers should have their campsites  clean and vacated by noon.


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