It was a banner day this past weekend at Indian Lake. A large crowd of approximately 5,000 people descended upon the village of Russells Point on a pleasant sunny day for the annual HarborFest event. If you add in the estimated 10,000 fans who attended the Rock the Lake concert and the Art on the Beach event on the other side of the lake, you can pretty much say Indian Lake was rockin’ and rollin’ all day long, like back in the heyday of the Sandy Beach Amusement Park times.
Vendor and craft booths were lined along Main Street with a large car show going on across the street from the Landing Tavern. Oldies Rock-n-Roll music was playing in the background on loud speakers including the famous 1960’s number one hit song “Indian Lake” by the band the Cowsills. It was wall-to-wall crowds and fun from one end of the festival to the other.
Across from Russells Point Harbor the famous “Duck Slide” race took place with thousands of rubber ducks cascading from the back of a concrete truck chute and down a makeshift pool-liner river about the length of a football field.
On the other side of the road the Wacky Boat Races took place, viewed by thousands who cheered on the contestants.
A gigantic Luau Party took place next to Mimi’s Restaurant with live bands entertaining the crowd. Adjacent to the luau were carnival rides and games for the kids to enjoy.
Everywhere you went at Indian Lake there were tons of people having fun and countless events going on.
Two running events also took place at HarborFest, the “HarborFest Night Moves 5K” and the Indian Lake Triathlon. The 5K was run on Friday night and the 2nd Annual Indian Lake Triathlon occurred Saturday morning with athletes swimming 400 meters at Old Field Beach, biking 12 miles and running 3 miles in the surrounding area.
The 20th Annual Indian Lake Catfish Tournament also took place this past weekend with fishermen from all over the region competing.
Also, at Old Field Beach was the “Art on the Beach” event with artist booths, craft booths and vendor booths all lined along the beach.
The “Kids Zone” interactive free play area was also set up on the beach by the Stoney Creek Youth Group and Shine FM 88.5 Radio.
Big Daddy Weave and other local faith-based bands drew a crowd of nearly 10,000 at the “Rock the Lake” concert at Old Field Beach.
The whole lake was hopping including popular hotspots like Froggies, Achesons, Mimi’s and Cranberrys.
With the efforts of the Indian Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, the Indian Lake Historical Society and the many local citizen volunteers, the Indian Lake area tourism activity appears to be increasing year after year.
If this past weekend’s crowd size was any indicator of future success, one could say that the big crowds of the good ol’ days of the past at Indian Lake are now coming back!
Ron Brohm is a regular contributor to this newspaper.