Eddie 2 Music Festival scheduled for August

PINE LAKE – Sixteen bands will provide 12 hours of continuous music during the Eddie 2 Music Festival at Pine Lake Park on Aug. 16 from noon to midnight.

The festival is hosted by the Edward Lakata Memorial Scholarship Fund. There’s a minimum donation of $5 to attend and no charge for parking, Pine Lake owner Jeff Houck said.

Tickets are available at Pine Lake, Barney’s Sign Company, Ruby & Quiri, Sport Island’s Pub and Partner’s Pub. The first 1,500 people to donate will receive a collectible wristband, said John Lakata.

According to Lakata, the festival headliner, Todd Hobin, will play at 8:40 p.m., followed by the Dream Team and Saving Atlantis.

Each band is scheduled to perform a 40 to 45 minute set. The bands will alternate playing on two stages, one located inside and one outside, Houck said.

All the bands will donate their time to the festival, Lakata said. According to him, all the bands playing knew Ed Lakata and wanted to be a part of the festival.

Ed Lakata was a Johnstown musician and educator. He died last year when he was struck by a pickup truck while riding his bicycle.

This is the second year of the music festival. About 3,000 people attended last year and organizers are hoping for a bigger turnout this year, Houck said.

“There was zero negative feedback,” said John Lakata, who is Ed Lakata’s brother.

“It’s a remarkable event,” said Houck. “There’s so much enthusiasm. There’s so much good spirit.”

During the festival there will also be a Chinese auction. To enter, individuals purchase raffle tickets at the festival and then place them into baskets that are associated with prizes. All of the prizes are donated by local companies.

“We’re just starting to ask for donations,” said Cindy Lakata, Ed Lakata’s widow.

For the regular prizes, raffle tickets will be 25 for $10 and for the higher-end prizes tickets will be 3 for $10.

According to John Lakata, festival attendees can also buy T-shirts and souvenirs.

The Edward Lakata Memorial Scholarship Fund gave a $1,000 scholarship to two graduating seniors from Johnstown this year. One scholarship was for a student who excels in music and the other for someone who excels in math. The scholarship committee plans to do the same every year, as long as there is funding, according to Cindy Lakata.

Math and music were two subjects that were important to Edward Lakata, according to Houck.

They’re hoping to hold the music event as long as people are interested, said Cindy Lakata.

Donations can also be made through Perfection Bottle and Can Return in Meco, she said.

When people return their recyclables all they have to do is let them know they can donate their money to the Foundation and the service will send them a check, said Cindy Lakata.