Saturday, August 22, 2009

Ypsilanti Heritage Festival Offers Summer Fun

The Ypsilanti Heritage Festival is the place to be this weekend for family-friendly entertainment and fun. The annual festival, now in its 29th year, is a great end of summer activity to enjoy before the kids head back to school.

The festival offers free entertainment, including singers, bands, dancing, and even theatrical combat. A living history reenactment demonstrates what life was like many years ago. Adults are entertained with a millionaire’s party and saloon, and kids keep busy with a children’s village, petting farm, entertainment, and pony rides.

Special activities throughout town celebrate the weekend festival. Residents enjoy tours of nearby attractions and historic homes. Washtenaw County has beautiful houses, and the home tour is a great way to enjoy viewing the historical architecture of Ypsilanti homes. If you’re looking for ideas for decorating your Ann Arbor home, the home tour might just inspire your creativity and spark a new idea.

Come hungry and enjoy fair food ranging from elephant ears to deep-fried Twinkies. The historical reenactment area also offers food- watch for Hotel Hickman’s outstanding bbq, as well as the kettle corn being popped fresh in a huge kettle nearby. Wear walking shoes and expect to do a good bit of strolling throughout the festival (hey, it will help work off the fair food!). Arts and crafts are sold, and local organizations and charities will have booths showcasing their causes. The military vehicles and ambulances are popular with kids.

A weekend at the festival is a great way to wrap up a fun summer outdoors, and to enjoy entertainment and fun activities for the entire family. A parade Saturday at 10 a.m. will kick off the weekend events, and the popular rubber ducky race will conclude the festival on Sunday.

The festival, held at Riverside Park, Frog Island Park, and Depot Town, in downtown Ypsilanti, runs Saturday from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Image courtesy Flickr: Katy McGrady

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