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Lakefest to honor $4M lake restoration
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BELLEVILLE - Belleville is hosting the second annual Lakefest celebration on Sunday, Sept. 1 in honor of the community's $4 million lake restoration.

Lakefest will feature a free paddling adventure, a self-guided walk on the waterfront berm trail, a free riverboat or pontoon ride and the Sugar River Triathlon.

Belleville Community Park will be host to a large aquarium, courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, where those who attend can get an up-close view of the diverse ecosystem transformation currently residing in Lake Belle View and the Sugar River. Kurt Welke, Dane County Fisheries Manager, will be available from 1 to 1:30 p.m. and 3 to 3:30 p.m. to answer questions. Kids can also participate in a Fish Identification Raffle with a rod and reel to be awarded in the Learning Center.

The Snakes Alive! program with Tom Kessenich is set from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Snakes Alive! has a wide variety of live animals, with the audience interacting up close and personal.

Near Picnic Point, Michelle Veeneman, youth services director at Belleville Public Library, will share stories that amuse, awaken and inspire at 12:15 p.m.

The Critterman Puppet Show will perform from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Critterman is for all ages with lively lifelike animal puppets, humor, music, excitement and education.

Kids can also catch and learn more about bugs with the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association and Wisconsin Department of Resources at 2 p.m.

The Briar Pickers open the entertainment line-up at 10 a.m. At 1 p.m., Country Honky Tonk artist Kristy Larson will perform.

The lakeside picnic, sponsored by Edward Jones, will feature local restaurants, winery and brewery, and free cheese tasting donated by Maple Leaf Cheese of Monroe and Edelweiss Creamery of Monticello.

The deadline is approaching for entries into the 2013 Lake Belle View Photo Contest. This year's theme is "Lake Belle View," which includes its beauty, surroundings, evolution, use and impact on people, communities and wildlife. Select photographs will be displayed at the Exhibit Center of Lakefest. Entry submission closes at midnight, Friday, Aug. 30. Winners will be announced at the event at 2:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Adult, Youth, and a People's Choice Award selected by public ballot.

There is no entrance fee. For more information, visit