Bastille Day Lakefest . Sat. July 13, 2019 1:30-10 p.m.
Community Park and Main Street, Belleville, Wisconsin
1-Mile Youth Run
Lake Belle View Loop
Open to 12 years old and under. Sign up the kids, the grandkids, and their friends in Belleville’s Community Park for a one mile run on the beautiful Lake Belle View loop. First, second and third place will be awarded. All runners receive a participation medal. The first, second, and third place winners will serve as the Marshalls for the French Jazz Foot Parade that begins at 7:15 pm.
Main Street Belleville
The 5K Run/Walk celebrates Belleville’s French heritage on a course that is flat with gently rolling streets in and around downtown Belleville. Men's and Women's first, second, and third place will be awarded in each of the following age categories: 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60+. The Race/Walk begins at 8:00 pm at the Citgo Gas Station – 128 W. Main St., Belleville.
Birds Everywhere! Birds for Everyone!
5:30 – 6:30 pm
Lifelong birder, Gwyn Calvetti, shares how you too can enjoy the amazing world of birds in the field and in your own backyard. Appropriate for all ages, this fun presentation sponsored by theBelleville Public Library will include stories, an introduction to bird appreciation, and, if time and conditions allow, a short walk in the park to practice what you have learned.
Canoe and Kayak
2:00 – 7:00 pm
Lake Belle View and Sugar River
Hassle-free canoeing and kayaking on Lake Belle View and the Sugar River. Just show up! Boats, safety vests, and paddles are provided for free by Sugar River Outfitters LLC. Bring the entire family. Experience nature’s best views, and make memories you’ll cherish together.
Carp Fishing Contest
Lake Belle View
3:45 pm – Awards Presentation Shelter B
Let’s go fishing! Registration begins at 1:30pm and continues throughout the event. It’s free to enter! Prizes for Biggest Fish, Smallest Fish and Most Fish caught.
Many prizes to be given away including (30) 1 scoop of Culver's, (2) $10 Sugar River Pizza Gift Cards, (4) Weaver Auto Parts Hats, (2) $10 Corner Cafe Gift Cards, (5) Subway coupons, (6) State Farm t-shirts, (3) State Farm Travel Mugs and (10) State Farm Small Flashlights and more...
Chris is a a member of the Wisconsin Association of Environmental Educators, the National Scenic Ice Age Trail, and currently serves as the Executive Director for the Humane Society of Portage County. His crazy animal puppet show, sponsored by the Belleville Public Library, entertains, educates and inspires! Caution...there will be dangerous levels of humor!
Dane County Rainfall Simulator
Dane County Land & Water Resources Department
2:00 – 6:00 pm
Adjacent to Shelter B
In 2018 the Dane County Land and Water Resources Department purchased a rainfall simulator to provide a hands on demonstration of what happens to rainfall when it falls on a variety landscapes. Come find out which landscapes are best at reducing erosion and allow for the greatest recharge of groundwater, and those that have the greatest runoff and what impacts they have on the resources around us.
French Fur Traders Re-Enactment Camp
2:00 – 6:00 pm
By Shelter C
Experience Wisconsin's pre-1840s fur trade era during the French Fur Trade Re-enactment camp.
French Jazz Foot Parade
7:15 – 7:45 pm
Lake Belle View Loop and Main Street
March to the sounds of horns and percussion! The route stretches from the Lake Belle View Loop, over the Foot Bridge, onto Main Street, and ends by J&M Bar/Citgo. Everyone is welcome to walk! Come as you are, or in French blue, white and red. Free noisemakers and accessories provided.
Finding a mill site on the Sugar River, Belleville’s founder John Frederick, settled here in 1845. His mills prompted "Yankee" settlement and a village developed with a hotel/tavern, blacksmith, harness maker and general store. In 1851, the village was platted and named for Frederick's native place, Belleville, Canada West. A post office was established in 1852. In the 1850s and 60s Swiss, Irish and French groups acquired adjacent farm lands. Belleville's library began in 1878 and recently celebrated 140 years of providing library services to the community.
There is so much life in the water! Waders are welcome. We'll have nets for your kids to collect their own bugs. Thank you to Upper Sugar River Watershed Association for setting up an interactive session and encouraging eye-opening discoveries.
"Ballet /ˈbæleɪ/ (French: [balɛ]) is a type of performance dance that originated during the Italian Renaissance in the 15th century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It has since become a widespread, highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French terminology."
The Interactive Lumberjack Camp runs immediately after the first Lumberjack Show and consists of Log rolling and Cross-cut sawing. Try some of the lumberjack events yourself. All are safe and designed for the first-timer.
Bluegrass music inspired by the likes of Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs & John Hartford, and sometimes a bit of Cajun, with Pat on the accordion. Pat Downing (mandolin, fiddle, melodion, vocals), Bill McWilliams (banjo, guitar, vocals), Lee Grady (guitar, harmonica, vocals), and Kevin Lague (upright bass, vocals).
Come and cheer on team red or blue as our professional lumberjack teams compete in eleven, fast-paced events! See everything from axes, modified racing chainsaws, water events, and cross cut saws, to audience participation and chainsaw carving giveaways. Each show offers different and unique events, so come back and see the show multiple times! Free autographs and souvenirs for the kids from the lumberjacks are available after the show.
Shelter B (5:45-6:30 pm)
Meet the newly crowned 2019 Miss Wisconsin Alyssa Bohm at Bastille Day Lakefest! You may find her walking around or at the Bastille Day Lakefest Photo Wall 5:45-6:30 pm at Shelter B or 7:30-8:45 pm on Main Street by Citgo. Miss Wisconsin will join the revelry of the French Jazz Foot Parade.
Photo Contest Display
2:00 – 7:00 pm
People's Choice Voting ends at 5:00 pm
Awards Presentation at 5:45 pm
Official judges will select youth and adult winners in each category: Recreational Enjoyment, Wildlife Habitat and About Belleville. Everyone can vote on the 'People's Choice' award. Winners will be announced and prizes given at 6 pm.
River Boat Rides* CANCELLED
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Sugar River boat launch
Enjoy a free cruise on the beautiful Sugar River thanks to Quam Motorsports. Rides depart every 30 minutes.
Join us at the River of Alliance of Wisconsin display booth and wade into the world of aquatic invasive species (AIS). Learn how to protect your rivers and lakes from these aggressive organisms that can impact waters and wildlife. Discover what AIS are in your watershed and how to prevent their spread with simple watercraft decontamination demonstrations. Fun games and contests for kids of all ages!