12/20/17 – “Sorry Doug but Beaver Dam Lake Days is here to stay.” That was the tongue-in-cheek message delivered by downtown business owner and new Lake Days Committee member Jason Loppnow, one of 14 new members on the committee which is now 20 volunteers strong. Longtime organizer Doug Sackett, who said last week that the committee would have to dissolve without the help of a dozen more people, said he was “speechless” by the “fantastic” turnout. Loppnow says Lake Days means a lot to his family, friends and business and the city would not be the same without it.
Volunteers from a cross section of the community came out Wednesday night bringing their expertise in social media, fundraising, city government and event planning. Local musicians Mark Ehlenfeldt and Jesse Kaftanski are joining fellow musician Elwood Lee on the committee. Ehlenfeldt says Lake Days is something the community can’t let slide away. Kaftanski says sometimes it takes an S.O.S to get people’s attention and Lake Days is such a great festival that he wanted to be a part of keeping it the great event that it is. Lee says as a musician Lake Days is the one festival experience outside the county fair that showcases the community’s local musical flavor while at the same time giving people an opportunity to see national touring acts. Beaver Dam-native Brad Ingram went to the first Lake Days 24 years ago and has not missed one since. Ingram says too many opportunities in this community have gone by the wayside and it was time for him to take action to support not only the event but also the lake.
The new Beaver Dam Lake Days Committee is meeting again on Tuesday to hammer out subcommittee assignments and get to work on planning the annual lakefront event at Tahoe Park next July. That meeting will be at the Masonic Lodge at 1212 DeClark Street in Beaver Dam starting at 6pm and new volunteers are encouraged to attend.