By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
MELVINDALE – The fifth annual Downtown Development Authority Street Fair is on track to offer food, fun and free entertainment, DDA event coordinator Susan Louvet said in a May 4 DDA board report.
The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 13 and 14, on Allen Road between Oakwood Boulevard and Outer Drive, has 35 vendors and crafters signed up as of May 4, and Louvet said she expects 80 to 100 vendors will eventually commit to the fair.
She said $4,250 has been generated through business sponsorships.
Sponsors include Armada Oil, Southwest Athletic Club, Hungry Howie’s, Town Auto Wash, Solid Platforms, Marathon, Plante Moran, McDonalds and Mill Steel.
Two country and rock bands are scheduled to entertain Saturday, with the Two Timin’ Band from 3 to 4:30 p.m., followed by Annabelle Road from 6 to 10 p.m.
Sunday afternoon features Athens Creek, an acoustic trio with roots in folk, country and rock, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., with the pop/rock band Killer Flamingos playing from 6 to 10 p.m.
Touch a Truck, which gives children a chance to see, climb aboard and experience stationary excitement behind the wheel of a big vehicle, will be a highlight for youngsters, Louvet said.
“Touch a Truck is a big thing nowadays,” Louvet said. “We’ll have fire trucks, police cars, dump trucks and whatever cars I can get involved. The kids just roam around and check them out and climb in them, and hopefully it will be a good draw to get some more people down to the fair.”
Mornings will feature family friendly music for children, with free child identification kits for parents, and a possible appearance by PAWS, the official mascot of the Detroit Tigers, pending game day availability.
Louvet said she will contact the Detroit Lions to see if their mascot, Roary, can visit the street fair.
For more information about the Melvindale DDA Street Fair, go to melvindale.org.