52nd Annual Lake Geneva Venetian Festival Kicks Off with Classic Carnival and Country Music
Five-Day Event Starts August 13th
 Lake Geneva, WI (July 31, 2014) – Taking place in the picturesque downtown area of Lake Geneva, the 52nd Annual Venetian Festival will kick off on August 13th with a classic carnival filled with rides and games and live country music by Bella Cain. This five-day festival is one of the major summer highlights of the area and takes place in Flat Iron, Seminary and Library Parks, offering something for everyone. 
Venetian Festival features a carnival, live music, local cuisine and a beer tent, a craft fair packed with 110 exhibitors, a water ski show, and a traditional lighted boat parade followed by the areas largest fireworks display high above Geneva Lake.
 “Drawing more than 50,000 visitors from all over the United States, the Lake Geneva Jaycees have created an event that draws families year after year along with many new visitors seeking to take advantage of the wide variety of activities offered by the Lake Geneva area,” said Darien Schaefer, President, Lake Geneva Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Open from 5:00 p.m. to midnight, Wednesday through Friday and 12 noon to midnight on Saturday and Sunday, live music during the festival includes country from Bella Cain, the 80’s from Cherry Pie, classic rock from The Toys, bluegrass from Fresh Hops, hip hop from Too White Crew, and a performance by students of the Lake Geneva House of Music.
The awe-inspiring water ski show by the Wonder Lake Ski Team begins at 6 p.m. on August 17 and is followed by the Americana-themed lighted boat parade. All this is followed by a spectacular fireworks display to conclude the five-day celebration.  
Most area hotels provide shuttle service to and from the festival or are located within a short walking distance from the activities. A free shuttle bus will run continuously every 20 minutes from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday taking people back and forth from the Home Depot parking lot to the US Bank by the festival. Taxis and limousine services also are available for local transportation.

For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.VenetianFest.com

About Lake Geneva
Nestled on the northeastern shores of Geneva Lake in southeast Wisconsin, Lake Geneva has been a resort community since just after the Civil War when wealthy Chicago families discovered the site and began building summer homes there. Today, the elegant, often historic estates still ring the lake and can be viewed from the water or by foot via the 21-mile walking path that circles the lake. 
Lake Geneva boasts a wealth of dining options and lodging choices with the latter ranging from luxury spa resorts to rustic inns to lovely B&B’s. The area also offers pristine nature areas and a wealth of attractions. For information on Lake Geneva, honored as one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2009 Dozen Distinctive Destinations, visit www.lakegenevawi.com
or call (800) 345-1020.