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Bastille Day Lakefest Organizers Invite Festival Attendees to Join the French Heritage Foot Parade


July 5, 2018

Bastille Day Lakefest celebrates Belleville’s French heritage on July 14, from 2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Festival attendees are invited to join in a 20-minute walk at 7:00 p.m., that will begin at the Loop, through the foot bridge and end on Main Street. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of the Youth Run will serve as Parade Marshals. Newly crowned Miss Wisconsin 2018 Tianna Vanderhei will be attending the festival and join in the parade.

The walking route will feature buildings with French connection. Combining Belleville Lakefest and Storm the Bastille 5K Run/Walk, the foot parade provides the transition from holding programs at the Lake Belle View and Community Park to Main Street where the 5K Run/Walk will commence at 7:30 p.m. Foot parade participants are encouraged to wear French colors. Noisemakers and French themed tchotchkes will be available for a festive atmosphere.

Call for Race Participants and Photo Entries Bastille Day Lakefest July 14

The Bastille Day Lakefest organizers invite race participants to the One-Mile Youth Run, 5K Run/Walk, Individual Kayak Race and Team Canoe Race and entry submissions for the Nature Photo Contest.

First, second and third place winners will be awarded for the One-Mile Youth Run and 5K Run. The Youth Run is open to anyone 12 years old and younger. The 5K Run/Walk will have the following categories: 13-19 years old, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60+. The Youth Run will be held on the Lake Belle View Loop at 6:30 p.m., while the 5K Run/Walk will start/end on Main Street on 7:30 p.m.

The Individual Kayak Race and Team Canoe Race will take place on Lake Belle View. There will be two divisions: Under 17 and 18 and older. The Individual Kayak Race will take place at 4:00 p.m., while the team Canoe Race will take place at 5:00 p.m.

Onsite registration is $20.00 for youth and $30.00 for adult race participants, respectively.

Individuals and teams interested to participate in the Kayak or Canoe Race can contact Kelly Hickman Individuals interested to participate in the Youth Run or 5K Run/Walk can contact Michelle Flick at

Entry submissions for the photo contest is also open. The deadline to submit entries is July 7th. Photos will be judged in two categories: Nature and Community and People. There will be an adult (18 and older) and youth (17 or under) division for each category. A winner will be chosen for each category in each age division, as well as a “People’s Choice” winner voted by Bastille Day Lakefest patrons that day. Winners receive a cash prize of $50.00 for each category in each age division. The People’s Choice winner will receive $100.00. Winners will be announced and prizes will be given out on the day of the event at 6:00 p.m. Individuals interested to enter the Nature Photo Contest can contact Anthony Schmit at

Nature Shows at Bastille Day Lakefest Provide Wildlife Education

The $2.3 Million lake construction project of Lake Belle View six years ago revitalized the natural habitat of the lake, the Sugar River and its surrounding areas. Walking through the berm, it’s not unusual to see a Bald Eagle, Redtail Hawks, Cardinals, Orioles, ducks, a doe, Cranes, Bluejays and squirrels. Bastille Day Lakefest will offer three nature shows and Critters Table to provide wildlife education to help understand and appreciate the co-existence between wildlife and humans and the importance in preserving the world in which we live. The program will teach about raptors, the fishes and critters, the environment and other ecological concerns explaining how all things are connected and what can be done to help.

Lake Belle View is the home of Bald Eagles and Osprey, both fish-eating birds of prey. Dianne Moller of Hoo’s Woods Raptor Center will be presenting Birds of Prey program where she will show live birds allowing the audience to see up-close their binocular eyes, hooked beaks with cutting edges, powerful legs and sharp talons. Moller is a native of southern Wisconsin and founded Hoo’s Woods Raptor Center in 1998. She is a licensed educator, Falconer, rehabilitator and Eagle handler. In April 2015, Dianne was awarded Wildlife Conservationist of the Year by the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation.

Naturalist and humorist David Stokes will provide an entertaining Lake Wildlife Hands-On Fun program at the festival, sponsored by the Belleville Public Library. Through the use of live animals and animal artifacts, songs, stories, movement, riddles, audio/visual and hands-on materials, audience will be actively engaged in learning. Stokes is the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education Teacher of the Year and an Aldo Leopold award winner. The Northshore United Educators has honored David for educational excellence.

About Bastille Day Lakefest

Bastille Day Lakefest is a unique festival that will celebrate Lake Belle View, the Community Park amenities, Main Street and the town’s French Heritage on Saturday, July 14, from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The festival will offer nature shows, promote health and wellness and encourage community connections. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Belleville Community Health Improvement Project and the Belleville Community Assistance Program.

Free use of canoes and kayaks will be available for enjoyment of the community and visitors during the festival. There will be one-Mile Youth Run, 5K Run/Walk, Individual Kayak Race and Team Canoe Race and Nature Photo Contest Display. The festival will offer various programs throughout the day. In addition to the Critters Table and Raptor Show, there will be a French Fur Trade Re-enactment Camp, Belleville History & French Heritage Display, Carp Fishing Contest, Tai Chi, Zumba, River Boat Rides on the Sugar River, Live Acoustic Music, Lake Restoration & Development Slide Show and a French Heritage Parade. The full schedule and additional information are posted on the event’s Facebook page @BastilleDayLakefest. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.

Bastille Day Lakefest is organized in cooperation with the Belleville Economic Development Committee, Belleville Public Library, Belleville School District, Belleville High School, Village of Belleville, Belleville Wildlife Committee, Belleville Chamber of Commerce, Belleville Historical Society, Sugar River Outfitters and the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association.


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