Trenton Mid-Summer fest will begin with a breakfast

By Evelyn Cairns
Trenton Mid-Summer festival goers who attend a kickoff breakfast at 8 a.m. Friday under the tent at TV’s Grand Event will get more than a hearty buffet meal for the $12 ticket cost.

In addition, they will be entered in a drawing for prizes and receive goodie bags containing coupons for use during the festival, which will continue on Saturday and Sunday along West Jefferson in the river-front business district.

For breakfast tickets, visit the Parks and Recreation office in the Trenton City Hall or call 734-675-7300 for reservations.

The 37th annual festival is expected to attract some 75,000 visitors and more than 150 artists and craftsmen.

Festival hours will be 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Attractions will include a talent show, a children’s play market, high school reunions, sports contests, a fashion show, entertainment by top bands, a kayak demonstration and rental opportunity and food from a wide variety of vendors.

The lineup of bands includes a scheduled appearance by Mitch Ryder at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Friday.

Among the food offerings will be hotdogs, fondue, stuffed pizza, elephant ears, funnel cakes, ice cream and much more.

Games of skill, sidewalk chalk art, a diaper derby and an opportunity to create craft items will be among the daily activities at the children’s play market. In addition, ventriloquist Guy Richard Paul will perform his family-fun variety show from 10 a.m. to noon Friday.

The talent show will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday with singers, dancers, musicians and gymnasts from kindergartners to 12-year-olds competing.

Committee members for the festival include chairman Scott Barr, Al and Kay Sidebottom, Brenda and Ashlee Oaks, Scott Kloock, Mary Evans, Bob Baker, Kathy Kane, Pat Labadie, Corky Peck, Joe Oaks, Peggy Eaton, Ilene Flanagan and Pauline Ar-thurs.

For more information about the festival, go to

Uncle Sam Jam slated
Civic Center Park in Woodhaven will be buzzing with activities Friday through Sunday for the city’s third annual Independence Day Holiday Celebration.

Festival hours will be 4 p.m. to midnight Friday; 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Fireworks will light the sky beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, and a laser show will dazzle visitors at 10 p.m. Saturday.

Highlights of the event will be a Banana Derby featuring capuchin monkeys riding dogs on Saturday and Sunday, and a Rock-n-Roll K-9 show on all three days of the celebration.

Nineteen bands are scheduled to perform, with VIP tickets available. Also planned are carnival rides, interactive games, micro stock-car racing, monster truck rides, a petting zoo and pony rides.

Civic Center Park is on Hall Road, just off West Road, near I-75. There is no charge for admission. For additional information, go to

Regatta set as benefit
The Grosse Ile Yacht Club and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Michigan will join hands to host the second annual Grosse Ile Yacht Club Leukemia Cup Regatta July 28 in conjunction with the GIYC’s Downriver Race.

Proceeds will fund research for the cure of blood cancers, according to event chairman Katie Hartwell. The goal is to raise $70,000, to surpass the approximately $34,000 the club raised in last year’s regatta, she said.

The regatta will honor GIYC member Sgt. Ken Muscat of the Dearborn Police Department, a blood cancer survivor.

The public is welcome to take part in the event, Hartwell said, or just come to the GIYC at about 1 pm. July 28 to watch the boats finish, dance to music by the David Gerald Band and enjoy a buffet dinner at nominal cost.

In addition, a silent auction for the benefit of the L&LS will be conducted during the afternoon, she said. For additional information, email

Coming up . . .
July 11-14 — Fifty-first annual Wyandotte Street Art Fair, one of the largest art fairs in Michigan; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily along Biddle Avenue, with entertainment until 11 p.m.; featuring 300 fine artists from throughout the United States; 25 restaurants, local businesses, musicians, performers and children’s activities; for more information, go to