Mayor Thomas M McDermott Jr.

A Message from the Mayor

Summer is here, which means Hammond is ready for the 11th Annual Festival of the Lakes! Our 2013 event was a huge success, as over 50,000 people participated in the activities highlighting Hammond ’s three lakes. This year promises to surpass last year, providing our great community another five days of summer fun.

Free live entertainment will be held nightly on the main stage, with great musical acts such as Big & Rich, Sublime with Rome , Under the Sun Tour with Sugar Ray, Blues Traveler & Uncle Kracker and other fantastic opening acts as well.

There will also be great family events throughout the week such as the Kathleen Pucalik 5K run/walk on the lake, the Hot Rod & Custom Car Show, Festival Golf Outing, Fishing Derby, Special Person’s Day, Senior’s Day, and a Polka Party at the Hammond Marina . We’ve also brought back the popular Carnival Mega Pass , which allows unlimited carnival rides from open until close during specific days during the Festival.

You’ll be glad you came out for this fantastic event – I hope to see you there!

-Mayor Thomas M McDermott Jr.


All acts begin at 7:00pm. Admission is FREE! Parking just $25.

5K Run/Walk

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and Hammond Parks & Recreation invite runners and walkers of all ages to compete in the Kathleen Pucalik Memorial 5K Run/Walk at the 11th Annual Festival of the Lakes.

The walk/run starts and ends at Wolf Lake Memorial Park on Saturday, July 19th, 2014. Registration begins at 7am and the race begins at 8am.

A free children’s race begins at 8:15am

Early registration is $20, race day is $25.

Awards will be presented to Men’s & Women’s 1st, 2nd & 3rd Finishers in the following age groups: 8 and under; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 19-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70 and over.

For more information, call 219-853-6378.

Kids Only

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr., Hammond Parks & Recreation and Modern Midways are pleased to announce the return of the carnival Mega Pass for use at the 11th Annual Festival of the Lakes. The Mega Pass is on sale Monday – Friday 8am – 6:30pm starting in the middle of May. Pay via cash, check, Visa or MasterCard.

Purchasing a Mega Pass allows unlimited carnival rides during the Festival of the Lakes, July 16th -20 from open to close. Turn in your pass at the Modern Midways office on the Festival grounds at Wolf Lake Memorial Park beginning Wednesday, July 16th at 5pm and you will receive a wristband that must be worn for the entirety of the Festival. Once a mega pass is purchased, there will be no refunds or exchanges. Mega passes will be on sale until Tuesday, July 15th at 4pm at the Hammond Civic Center.

FREE Splash Pad Day

Kids ages 12 and younger can cool off at the Aquatic Play Center at Wolf Lake! Bring your child and enjoy a FREE day at the Splash Pad. Unlimited play from 10:00am- 3:45pm. More info.

Fishing Derby

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr., Hammond Parks & Recreation, Mik Lurch Fishing Tackle Outlet & the Optimist Club of Hammond are pleased to announce the return of the Festival of the Lakes Fishing Derby scheduled for Saturday, July 19th, 8 am. – Noon on the shores of Wolf Lake (Indiana side). The entry fee is a $1 donation to support Wolf Lake Stocking. Children ages 15 and under will receive free fishing equipment, while supplies last. A free kids fishing seminar will be held at 10 a.m. There will be trophies awarded for the largest catches in two divisions: under 12 and 12 & older. The trophies will be for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for largest bass, walleye and pan fish catch! No boats, please. On shore fishing only. Fishing poles and live bait will be available. Rain Date is set for Sunday, July 20th at 8 a.m. Call 219.989.0575 or 219.853.6378 for more information.

Fishing Derby

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr., Hammond Parks & Recreation, the Hammond Street Department and Van Senus Auto Parks invite all Hot Rod and Custom Car enthusiasts to join us at Wolf Lake Memorial Park at Sheffield & Calumet Avenues on Sunday, July 20th from noon until 3pm for the 11th Annual Festival of the Lakes Hot Rod & Custom Bike Show. Rain Date is set for Saturday, July 26th. Entry is $20 per vehicle; registration is from 9a-noon. There will be dash plaques, door prizes, games, rides, awards, trophies, and more. On display this year: monster truck, funny car, and a custom chopper!

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