By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers
LINCOLN PARK – It’s been a good year for the Lincoln Park Exchange Club – which to date has raised money for causes, scholarships and the local food pantry – and a good time for an end-of-summer blowout complete with classic rock ’n’ roll.
About 50,000 guests are expected at the annual Lincoln Park Days, which kicks off Aug. 26 and offers three days worth of festival rides, games, children’s activities and live music. On the heels of last year’s tributes to native sons The MC5, this year’s headline act will be Motor City music legend Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, performing at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 26 on the main stage.
For more than four decades, the Exchange Club has hosted the late summer staple – this year to be held at Lincoln Park Community Center, 3525 Dix – as a hometown celebration that gives back to the community.
Mayor Tom Karnes, a longtime Exchange Club member and former president, said fundraisers have varied over the years, but the event dates back to when the city was a village, and the club hosted outings to Bob-Lo or other parks for a one-day blowout.
Now a three-day event, the festival runs from 4 to 11 p.m. Aug. 26; noon to 11 p.m. Aug. 27; and noon to 9 p.m. Aug. 28. Available attractions include carnival rides, a beer tent, games and a Goodfellows car show on Saturday.
Entertainment on Friday begins at 6 p.m. with Wisteria before the 8:30 p.m. Mitch Ryder show. Admission on is $5; VIP tickets are available for $15.
Free live music will be offered Aug. 27, with community groups and an open-mic session at noon, the Miller Road Band at 2:30 p.m., The Twistin’ Terantulas at 5 p.m., and the Dan Rafferty Band at 8 p.m. Aug. 28 performances include Crazy Babies (Ozzy Osbourne tribute) at 2:30 p.m., and Magic Bus at 6 p.m.
This year the Exchange Club – formed in 1927 – has raised money for the prevention of child abuse, awarded scholarships, stocked a local food pantry for one month, and raised just over $10,000 for Veterans Matter.
For more information call 734-560-1121 or go to the group’s page at www.facebook.com/pages/Lincoln-Park-Days.
(James Mitchell can be reached at [email protected])