Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival

Posted on August 27, 2013

Of the many valuable traditions surrounding Lakeside Chautauqua, not all of them fall within the Chautauqua summer season.

One notable event that takes place beyond the 10-week Chautauqua summer season is the Annual Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival.

Celebrating its 18th year, the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival will be held in Lakeside Chautauqua from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.

This year’s event will include a variety of arts and crafts vendors, great food and entertainment, and numerous community activities such as children’s games, hayrides, a Farmers’ Market and a pumpkin-decorating contest.

The pumpkin-decorating contest will feature a variety of carved, painted and decorated pumpkins. Entrants will receive a 2014 miniature-golf pass for submitting an already-decorated pumpkin.

Prizes will be awarded to Most Creative Design Overall, Best Child Design (ages 11 and under), Best Teen Design (ages 12-17), Best Painted Design, Scariest Design and Best Use of Props. Winners in the Child and Teen categories will each receive two Orchestra Hall Movie Passes. Winners in the other categories will receive four 2014 Daily Chautauqua Passes and a $25 certificate to the Hotel Lakeside Café.

Children’s Crafts will be offered from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Walnut Avenue. The cost of this activity is $4 per child.

Guests of the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival are encouraged to discover the history of the Marblehead Lighthouse. Tours of the lighthouse will offered from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Marblehead Lighthouse State Park.

The Marblehead Lighthouse was built in 1821 and is the second oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes and the oldest in continuous operation on the Great Lakes. Tours cost $2 per person.

The Ottawa County Historical Society will offer free tours of the Wolcott House, one of the oldest surviving homes in Ottawa County and home to the first three Marblehead Lighthouse keepers. Tours of the Wolcott House will run from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Attendees will be able to enjoy free recreational activities including shuffleboard and miniature golf from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., as well as participate in historic walking tours. Tours will depart from Heritage Hall and are 90 minutes long. A Farmers’ Market will be offered from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. A complimentary golf cart shuttle service will be provided throughout the Lakeside grounds from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival will take place in October. Therefore, no gate fees will apply for attendees of this event.

Volunteers are needed to set up for this event, help with children’s crafts, assist with shuttle service and Lakeside booths and clean up following the festival. If interested in volunteering, contact Mary Ann Hirsh at (419) 798-4461, ext. 248 or