Article by W. Clay Crook-
For many, the Festival of the Lakes is the highlight event of the year, and this year’s event at Beech Lake was no exception. Melissa Gilbert, Director of the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, said that although there were still some precautions coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic year, there was still plenty of fun and entertainment.
The event officially kicked off at 5:00 p.m., but the Lexington Fire Department set up a long water slide for the kids and other water activities at 2:00 p.m. until the opening ceremonies by Lexington Vice-Mayor Sandra Wood, and Henderson County Mayor Eddie Bray. This was followed by the Presentation of the Colors by the Scouts, and the Invocation by Bro. David Beecham. The National Anthem was performed by Emily Meaole.
Donna Barber served as the Master of Ceremonies, and this was also the first “official” event for the newly crowned Miss Tennessee Tally Bevis. Local talent provided entertainment from 5:15 p.m. until the start of the Will Burton Band at 6:00 p.m. Hunt Pearson and the South’rn Sounds Band started at 7:45 p.m., and the fireworks show started at 9:00 p.m. The after-party event started at 9:30 p.m. with the Colton Flanagan Band.
To help with the COVID-19 precautions, the pageants were held on Saturday, with Kelli Grice as the Master of Ceremonies. The fireworks show always amazes the crowd, which comes into Beech Lake from all over West Tennessee, and the display is high enough, and…
For complete coverage, see the July 7th edition of The Lexington Progress.