By Rachel Dove
LENORE - When springtime temperatures begin to soar, those who love to go fishing head to Laurel Lake, where renovations and additions to the park make for a pleasurable experience.
Throughout the summer, the lake is a definite hot spot for campers, picnickers and swimmers, and those who are responsible for the activities and events at the lake are proud to say they’re revvin’ up for what they believe will be a wonderful year.
The First Annual Laurel Lake Homecoming has been scheduled for May 24, between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Lola Lackey, the secretary/treasurer of the Laurel Lake Foundation, told the Daily News that a full day of activities sure to please everyone has been planned.
“The Laurel Lake Foundation is really excited to host this event,” Lackey said. “We’ve talked about having a “homecoming” event, much like Delbarton’s, for a couple of years now, so we’re happy to make this dream a reality.
“We are hoping that people coming home to Mingo County for the Memorial Day weekend will come and visit us at the park for this great event,” Lackey said. “I was very happy to work with Ray Perry, tour manager and member of The Coal Fired Band, to get them and local entertainer Kayla Slone to join us. We’re very pleased to have her back in the park again.
“This event is also like a beginning of summer thing for Laurel Lake Park, too,” she said. “Saturday, May 24th, will be the opening day for the pool, so we really hope people will just come out and enjoy a full day of events.”
Also set to entertain the crowds are the Coal-Fired Band, Amanda Hensley and Savannah Fluty, as well as several others. Activities planned include a horseshoe and a corn-hole tournament, and a variety of children’s games.
All proceeds from the concessions will benefit the Laurel Lake Foundation. For more information on the event, check out the group’s website at LaurelLakeWMAFoundation.com, or their Facebook page, Laurel Lake Wildlife Management Area.