Carnival music, more at first-ever Heritage Days

TAYLOR — The inaugural Taylor Heritage Days brings music, a carnival, fireworks and more to Heritage Park beginning Wednesday.

The first-ever festival runs from June 27 through Sunday, July 1, and concludes with fireworks courtesy of sponsor Masco.

Organizers with the city of Taylor and event producers Watts Up Inc. said that entry fees ($4 in advance available at Wal-Mart, 7555 Telegraph, or at www.ticketmaster.com, $5 on site, $10 for Saturday and Sunday) will offset the costs of the festival, which will incur no expenses to the city of Taylor.

The weekend-long musical festival, hosted by WDRQ-FM 93.1 on Saturday and WDVD-FM 96.3 on Sunday, is free with festival admission. Scheduled to perform are tribute bands: 50 Amp Fuse; WDVD’s Blaine Fowler Experience; Zooropa (U2), the Back Beats (Beatles), War Machine (Kiss), Hollwyood Nights “The Bob Seger Experience,” Mama Kin (Aerosmith), Free Beer and Taylor’s own Lynnae Winnie.

Admission to the carnival grounds is free, but games, food and rides require a fee. Pre-event carnival coupons are available at Wal-Mart; daily ride bands will be on sale for $20.

Community-based events at the festival on Sunday include a Fish and Loaves Happy Soles 5K race at 7:30 a.m., Taylor Rotary Fishing Derby at 9 a.m. and Miss Downriver Scholarship Pageant at 10 a.m. Also available for viewing will be a hydroplane racer that participated in this year’s Detroit APBA Gold Cup races.

The Taylor Heritage Days worked with nonprofit groups including the Taylor South Little League, the Junior League World Series, Fish and Loaves, Taylor Rotary Club and the Miss Downriver Pageant.

Items that will be restricted from the festival site are: bottles, cans, glass, coolers, alcohol (beer will be available for purchase on site with proceeds benefiting the Taylor Junior League World Series), grills or open fires, animals, and weapons.

To request sponsorship information, volunteer or a full schedule, go to www.taylorheritagedays.com.

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