A new festival is coming to Jamestown on Saturday.
Lake, Rattle, & Roll not only has a memorable name, but it will also have a wide range of activities for event-goers. There will be tethered hot air balloon rides, classic boats and cars, vendor booths and food trucks, music on two stages throughout the day, bounce houses, and an impressive fireworks display to cap off the inaugural event.
Jeff Recker — one of the organizers of the event alongside his wife, Madeline, and Mark and Erin Blasko, of Cumberland Guitars — said the idea was first hatched during the Christmas on the Square event in Jamestown while having a conversation with Mark.
“We were just talking about how great that the event was and how we need to do this again but sooner than Lakefest,” Recker said. “We said we needed to do something in the spring time.”
That’s also when Blasko revealed that he had already come up with the perfect name: “Lake, Rattle & Roll.”
Still, planning didn’t begin immediately, and it wasn’t until Recker pitched the idea to the City of Jamestown in January — and the mayor and city councilors endorsed it — that the ball really began rolling toward making their vision a reality.
Planning for the event has been going on since January, with a lot of preparation happening in just a few months.
Recker said he feels “incredibly blessed” from the support and interest the event has received from the community.
“It’s been a blessing how everyone is embracing us and working together to see the beginning of what may be a real revitalization of our historic downtown,” he said. “It’s probably come together in 3 and a half months, and it’s been a whirlwind.”
The event technically begins tonight, Friday, May 20, with a screening of “Encanto” in Beck Park from 8-10 p.m., which is also sponsored by ArtWorks.
Then, on Saturday, Monument Square will be open to the public at 11:30 a.m., with opening ceremonies at 11:45 a.m. on the Main Stage. The event will continue through 9 p.m.
There will be music acts performing on two different stages.
On the Beck Park Stage, Joshua Gosser will kick off the event at noon. At 12:55 p.m., The ArtWorks Tappers will perform “Late, Rattle & Roll.” At 2 p.m., David “Crusoe” Robertson takes the stage, followed by Doug Dillman at 4 p.m.
That stage’s final performance will be Gordon Shayne Coe.
On the Main Stage, the Chris Linton Band will perform at 1 p.m., followed by Cumberland Thunder at 3 p.m.
Then, “Barracuda: America’s Heart Tribute” and “100% Angus, a Tribute to AC/DC” will take the stage at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively.
The grand finale for Lake, Rattle, & Roll will be a fireworks show from Rozzi Famous Fireworks, which does the fireworks display for the Cincinnati Reds.
Attendance to the event is free, but attendees should bring money for food, drinks, and vendors.
The event will also be handicap accessible, with golf-cart transportation from the parking areas to Monument Square for convenience. Event-goers are asked to just notify a parking attendant when they arrive.
On Saturday, traffic will be blocked off up to two blocks in all directions from 7 a.m. until midnight.
Below is a press release from the Jamestown Police Department regarding traffic patterns on Saturday:
The traffic flow is as follows:
South bound on U. S. 127 business traffic will need to make right turn at the intersection of Shelby Street and travel to Ballard Street, where a left turn can be made to access U. S. 127 Business South, where they can make a right turn. If the motorist chose, they may continue across 127 Business onto Ballard Street to the intersection of Jefferson Street where they may make a left turn to access Kentucky 92 (a right turn) to travel to the Jamestown Marina or residential areas off of Kentucky 92.
Motorists entering Jamestown from the south on U. S. 127 will need to make a right turn onto Ballard Street and a left turn onto Jefferson Street to access Kentucky 92 or they may continue across Kentucky 92 onto Jefferson Street then to Meadows Lane where a left turn can be made.
Motorists arriving at the intersection of Meadows Lane and East Cumberland Avenue or Kentucky 619 must turn right onto Kentucky 619, where they may travel on Kentucky 619 or make a left onto Scholl Street if they wish to access U. S. 127 Business North. The motorist, after turning left onto Scholl Street, must turn left onto Shelby Street to access U. S. 127 Business North. Once at the intersection of U.S. 127 Business, the motorist will have the option of a right turn or travel across U. S. 127 Business onto Shelby Street to access U. S. 127 Business South. A one-way traffic flow pattern around the perimeter of blocked access will be utilized for the expedient flow of traffic and will be in a counter clockwise direction.
No left turns are permitted from:
• Southbound on U. S. 127 (North Main Street) at Shelby Street (right turn only)
• Northbound on U. S 127 Business (West Cumberland Ave.) at Ballard Street (right turn only)
• Kentucky 92 from Jamestown Marina (Boat Dock Road) at Jefferson Street (right turn only)
• Kentucky 619 (East Cumberland Ave) at Jefferson Street (right turn only)
Semi, Large Box Van Trucks and Boat Trailers of Excessive Length:
Semis, large box van type trucks and boat trailers of excessive length which are traveling north or south and have no legitimate business in the Jamestown area are encouraged to utilize the U.S. 127 Bypass for traveling north or south around the Lakefest event during the hours specified in this news release, for street blockages.
During the fireworks display at 9 p.m.:
All traffic in and around Meadows Lane and East Cumberland Avenue will be shut down completely. Traffic in-bound on East Cumberland can still turn right onto Scholl Street.