Water ski show coming to LaPorte in July; food/beverage vendors sought

Cathy and Red Stone and Ray Huber, members of the Ski-Dattles, perform at a 1950s water ski show off the Pine Lake ski beach. (Photo courtesy of LaPorte County Historical Society)

Information provided by LaPorte Rotary Club

Back in the 1950s and ‘60s, LaPorte hosted a colossal water ski event each summer that drew hundreds. The event is coming back in a new, improved form, as the Rotary Club of LaPorte will sponsor a show featuring the Lake City Skiers on July 22, 2017, off the Pine Lake Ski Beach on Waverly Road.  

Food and beverage vendors are invited to register for the event now. (Alcoholic-beverage vendors will be considered at perhaps a different cost than quoted below.)

Preliminary information (more info is forthcoming): Waverly along the ski beach area will be closed from 4 to 7 p.m. The water ski show will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Spectators will be able to enjoy the expert skiers, as well as food, beverages and treats.

Food/beverage vendors will be located on Waverly Road in the interior lane, adjacent to Soldiers Memorial Park land. Vendors will be able to place trucks or tents starting at 4 p.m. and vend immediately upon setup. Tents will be sitting on asphalt, so stakes cannot be used. A limited number of spaces are available; the Rotary will accept vendors on a first-applied, first-suitable agreement. The club is interested in presenting a wide variety of interesting foods and beverages, as there will be all ages at the event. Power won’t be available, so vendors will have to supply their own power source if needed. The cost for a single site (10×10 feet) is $75. Applications may be obtained online at www.rotaryoflaporte.org.  

For more information or to request an application, contact Rotary President Fran Milo at 219-362-9011, 219-363-7977 or franmilo@comcast.net; or President-Elect Brett Binversie at 219-575-0918 or brettbinversie@gmail.com.

3 Responses to “Water ski show coming to LaPorte in July; food/beverage vendors sought”

  1. Ed

    May 03. 2017

    For all of the vendor set up and all that is involved, shouldn’t they maybe try to get other things going on? A one hour show seems too short for all of the work that would be involved. Great idea though! Sounds fun.

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    • Jon

      May 05. 2017

      It would be nice to see more planned for that day…to make it a full day event. That would help to offset the costs for just a 1 hour show.

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  2. Judy Wilson Jensen

    May 05. 2017

    My family attended many of these shows when Nancy & I were kids. Always enjoyed them. How nice to have one return.

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