Twin Lakes Chamber highlights changes to Libertyfest, including bigger tent

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The Twin Lakes Area Chamber and Business Association would like to bring Libertyfest back to a more family friendly event with bigger name entertainment than ever.

But to do that, they’ll need a bigger tent and for that, they will need the blessing of the Twin Lakes Village Board to drive some holes into the Lance Park parking lot.

Jim Little, chairman of the chamber Board of Directors, made the case for the bigger tent at a Village Board committee of the whole meeting Monday. He explained the chamber has made some changes to the plans for this year’s annual summer festival, Libertyfest. Among these are returning to a three-day format (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), bringing back a small carnival and fostering more of a family atmosphere.

The chamber would also like to bring in some bigger name entertainment. That’s where the bigger tent comes in.

The chamber has tentatively arranged to have popular regional band Bella Cain play the festival, Little said. But the band is considerably more expensive than the chamber has spent on entertainment in the past so they would like to have a large enough tent on the grounds that the show could go on regardless of weather.

The chamber is looking at a tent 180 feet long and tall enough to allow Bela Cain’s 20 foot high lighting rig, Little said. A tent of that size will necessitate driving stakes into the Lance Park parking lot, at least on the sides where they cannot be driven into the ground. The tent company will repair the holes afterward. The tent will be roughly in the same spot as recent years, only bigger and taller.

Several board members were not enthusiastic about the holes, but others seemed comfortable with it, at least to some degree.

“I’m concerned about the holes in the pavement,” said village President Howard Skinner.

Trustee Aaron Karow said he was confident that the holes would be OK as long as they were properly sealed and that he had seen it done without damage.

Trustee Kevin Fitzgerald said he was not so concerned about making holes in the pavement once, but he would be concerned if the chamber wished to make holes for the tent year after year.

Little said he was fairly sure it would be a one-time request because if the arrangement is a success the chamber has another idea for shelter in the future.

Little also said the chamber could provide a letter from Snap-on Corp. officials who were also concerned about damage from a tent in a parking lot, but then were satisfied with the result. Village officials asked Little to pass on that letter.

No decision was made on allowing the tent as the meeting was a Committee of the Whole, during which there is only discussion with no votes taken.

Other than the tent, Village Board members seemed pleased with the proposed changes.

“I love the idea of three days, and the carnival… that’s nice,” Fitzgerald said.

“I know Bella Cain will bring in a lot of people,” said Trustee Jeremy Knoll.

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