Organizers: Smith Mountain "LakeFest" Will Be a Good Time For a Good Cause

Moneta, VA - Organizers at Smith Mountain Lake are hoping the showers will hold off for a little fun in the sun.Saturday, Bernard's Landing will host Lakefest - the area's first craft beer festival.

At the 21 and up event, attendees will get a cup and 20 tasting tickets to try craft beers from at least 12 different breweries.

"Definitely going to have some beer, going to have food trucks, we're going to have some music, and probably going to have some games...some cornhole, some hula hoop, " said Bernard's Landing Director of Sales Lori Phillips.

The team at Bernard's Landing noticed there were no festivals highlighting craft beer in the area.So, they decided to change that.

"Craft beer, it really has taken off, so you can have a few tastings and start venturing out from some of that domestic beer that you're used to, " Phillips said.

They searched for a non-profit organization that may benefit from the proceeds of a festival. That's when Alise Culbertson and the Free Clinic of Franklin County came on board.

"It's so exciting because I was always trying to get into the Smith Mt. Lake area to let people know what is the free clinic and what we do for people, " said Culbertson, executive director of the clinic - which provides primary care for those who can't afford insurance.

According to Culbertson, the fight against Medicaid expansion in Virginia has made it hard for the uninsured to get the care they need.

"With the affordable care act, they don't receive that kind of insurance. So, these people have no insurance or they have no money to even pay out of their own pocket, " Culbertson said.

More than 500 people are expected to attend the festival. Culbertson says, those ticket purchases will provide more than just a few hours of fun. They will help the clinic continue healing the community.

Organizers say courtesy docks will be available in case anyone wants to arrive by boat, but the department of game and inland fisheries wants to remind everyone that this weekend is Operation Dry Water.

Phillips says they don't want anyone to try to drink and boat.

For tickets to the event, click here.

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