Lincoln Park Days set for Friday opening

Carnival ride thrills
Photo courtesy Heidi Brown
Jocelyn Van Cleave (left) and Ethan Brown enjoy carnival ride thrills, one of the staples of Lincoln Park Days, set to begin Friday at Youth Center Park. Hosted by the Lincoln Park Exchange Club, the three-day festival has been an end-of-summer tradition since 1970.

Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK — Some things change from one year to the next, but consistency remains one of the hallmarks of Lincoln Park Days, a three-day festival beginning Friday at Youth Center Park, 3525 Dix.

The festival, hosted by the Lincoln Park Exchange Club, was first launched in 1970 and has become a tradition known for its carnival, live entertainment and a chance to see old friends and family.

Heide Brown, Lincoln Park Days chair, said that among the expected 60,000-plus visitors the park will be filled with groups who plan their summer calendars around the event.

“It’s like a big class reunion,” Brown said. “A lot of different groups use it for that, for class or family reunions.”

In her 10th year of running the event, Brown said that there are minor changes, from different entertainment to a new carnival provider this year. Classic rock station WCSX-FM will broadcast live on Friday and offer promotional activities.

“I try to change things around a little to make it fun,” Brown said. The mainstays, however, remain well in place with the carnival midway, live music and beer tent topping the bill.

Lincoln Park Days opens at noon Friday and Saturday and runs until 11 p.m.; Sunday’s activities begin at noon and conclude at 9 p.m.

Along with the carnival and midway entertainment, Lincoln Park Days includes a weekend-long petting zoo, pony rides, Vegas tent sponsored by the Robert A. Jones Knights of Columbus and beer tent. Special events include Sunday’s car show and horseshoe tournament. Live entertainment begins at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday with, respectively, Lucky Stiff and Doesn’t Matter, and at 5 p.m. Sunday with Laura Wilkie.

Throughout the festival community groups and nonprofit organizations will be on hand, and Brown said that booth space is still available.

For more information or to register for the car show, contact Brown at 313-350-8705.

(James Mitchell can be reached at