By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers
TAYLOR – Heritage Park is the place to be beginning June 23 when the 2016 Taylor Summer Festival opens with carnival fun.
Rides and games will set the stage for a weekend’s worth of live music, family activities and special events.
City officials said the carnival from Elliott Amusements will open at 4 p.m. Thursday and this year will set up inside the Pardee Road park, taking over the parking lots behind the activities building and Coan Lake Historical Area.
The festival kicks into high gear beginning Friday with the opening of the PNC Family Fun Zone near the Sheridan Center and pavilion. Among the attractions will be animal guests from the Heritage Park Petting Farm, performers from the Michigan Renaissance Festival, the Home Depot Kids Program and, from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, a visit from Detroit Tigers mascot Paws.
Live music will rock the park throughout the weekend with top acts including a 9 p.m. Friday performance by Everclear and special guests Sponge – a returning favorite Detroit alt-rock band.
Gates for the concert open at 6 p.m., and Friday’s show features opening act Eva Under Fire. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $30 for a VIP package that includes front-row seating, dinner and drink tickets.
Festival fun continues Saturday beginning with the Taylor Color Fest Run at 10 a.m., where sunglass- and bandana-wearing participants will be covered with paint by the time they complete a run around the park.
Saturday highlights include a free concert at the Sheridan Center beginning at 5 p.m., with featured local bands including Rummler, Athen’s Creek, Sarah Sherrard Band and Holeshot.
Saturday’s festivities again will end with the Masco Taylor Summer Festival Fireworks at dusk, with displays expected to begin at 10 p.m.
Parking for the festival will be available inside the park for $10, and nearby for $5. Pardee Road will be closed during the festival between North Line and Goddard roads on fireworks night beginning at 7 p.m.
For more information and a complete list of activities and events go to www.cityoftaylor.com/content/taylor-summer-festival.
(James Mitchell can be reached at [email protected].)