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SANTEE -- Santee’s inaugural Lakefest will be held Saturday and promises to be fun for everyone.

Running from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the event coincides with the Crappie USA/Cabela’s King Kat fishing tournament March 15 and 16 on Lake Marion.

“We decided several months ago we needed a festival to go along with the crappie tournament,” said Joanie Pinter, director of marketing for the town.

Pinter said town officials hope that Lakefest will become Santee’s signature event to be held annually.

Held at the Santee Town Hall Complex at 194 Municipal Way, the free event will feature amusement rides; food, arts and crafts vendors; music and more.

From 10 a.m. to noon, D.J. Furman Dominic will be spinning the tunes, and from noon to 2 p.m., Moses and the Promised Land Band will perform, Pinter said.

“Then, around 3:30 (p.m.) or so, the crappie fishermen come off the lake and they come back to the Santee Town Hall gazebo area ... and there’s the weigh-in and the prizes are all awarded between 3 and 6 (p.m.),” she said.

Also, a kids’ fishing rodeo will be held at nearby Santee State Park beginning at 8 a.m. The rodeo is sponsored by Crappie USA/Cabela’s, she said.

Kids “will be fishing for prizes and for scholarships,” she said.

“We would love to have everyone come and enjoy the Lakefest, and if they want to watch the children fish, they can go to the state park and come back over to the town hall for Lakefest,” she said.

For more information, contact Pinter at 803-854-2152, ext. 5.

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