Retooled festival to features, families, fun, fireworks

SOUTHGATE — The city’s annual festival returns this week with a different name, different time and on a smaller scale.

Founders Day Week-end, formerly known as Heritage Days, will run Friday through next Sunday at the municipal complex, 14400 Dix-Toledo. The carnival associated with previous celebrations will not be held because of contractual issues.
 The event will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, with the band Top Shelf Tuna scheduled to play from 7 to 11 p.m.

The 34th annual Heritage Day Parade steps off at 10:30 a.m. Saturday from the parking lot of AJ Wright, 14255 Eureka Road, and winds west to Dix-Toledo and then north to the city’s historical house near City Hall.
 Howard Stitzel, a city resident and former longtime engineer for Detroit Tigers radio broadcasts, will be the grand marshal.
 Activities during the three days will include tours of the museum, where actors will play former President John Quincy Adams and his wife, Louisa; as well as
entertainment, food, free face painting, a car show and arts and crafts.

On Saturday, a vignette from “Geppetto” will be performed by the Southgate Community Players’ youth group on the Park Stage.

The Kid-O-Lympics will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the activity field. Tight Rope will perform on the LIbrary Stage from 12:30 to 3 p.m.; the Downriver Community Band will play from 3 to 6 p.m. on the Park Stage.

At 5:30 p.m., police and firefighters will square off in a volleyball matchup, followed by a golf ball drop with a $1,000 prize at 6:30 at the activity field.

Air Margaritaville takes the Library Stage from 7 to 11 p.m., with the day’s festivities capped off by fireworks at dusk.
 Sunday brings Taste of the Town, with some 15 restaurants participating. Heavy funk act the Third Coast Kings, comprising Southgate Anderson High School students and alumni, takes the stage from 1 to 5 p.m. that day.
Family fun, food and museum tours will run throughout the weekend.

Organizers advise checking with the information booth for a complete listing of activities.

The event is presented by the city and its volunteer commissions. For more information call (734) 258-3022.