2017-08-13 / Front Page

It’s time for Lapeer Days

BY ALEX PETRIE
810-452-2657 •

LAPEER — It’s a homecoming of sorts, an opportunity for the families and individuals of Lapeer and beyond to return to the epicenter of the city for Lapeer Days. It’s the common thread that ties up the end of summer each year. And it’s back.

This year’s Lapeer Days festival will offer something for everyone, and is sure to provide plenty of food, activities, entertainment and rides. Thanks to the Skerbeck Family Carnival, rides will open on the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 5 p.m. and will continue until 11 p.m. Thursday’s rides will run at the same time, and for those looking to save on ticket prices, Skerbeck and Lakestone Bank & Trust will sponsor three pay-one-price admission armband days, offering $18 armbands on Wednesday and Thursday, allowing visitors to ride as many rides as they wish for one flat rate. On Sunday, armbands will be offered for $20. Friday and Saturday will be tickets only, and rides will be open from 12 p.m. until midnight on Friday and Saturday, with hours of operation 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $1 per, or 50 tickets for $40.

Along with carnival rides and musical entertainment, this year’s attractions and activities will include a talent showcase, a pizza eating contest, kiddy carnival games, a disc dog competition, the annual candy drop, a soap box derby, craft show, a beautiful baby and terrific toddler contest, helicopter rides, a Texas Hold ‘Em tournament, clowns, magicians, a pancake breakfast, a classic car show, and much more.

The annual parade will take place on Saturday, Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Local groups and businesses will build floats in accordance with this year’s theme, which is Lapeer Days Out of This World, and march westward down Nepessing St. All floats will be judged based on decoration and style, with awards given to the winner.

The 114-year-old festival will host live performers on two different stages downtown starting Friday and continuing until Sunday evening. Local and regional acts will be showcased on the west stage, with regional and national performers taking the main stage, located in the center of downtown Lapeer.

This summer, the Optimist Club will hold its 55th annual chicken barbecue from noon to 6 p.m. in downtown Lapeer, and this year will be their 45th year supplying the beer tent. The beer tent will be available all weekend, with proceeds going towards Lapeer County youth programs, schools, and other organizations that reach out to the kids of the community. It provides an opportunity for adults to enjoy the festival weekend while giving back to future generations.

Inside the beer tent, there will be a Vegas tent where games such as black jack, let it ride, and craps will take place, along with a poker tournament. Hours for the beer tent will be noon to midnight on Friday, noon to midnight on Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The Lapeer Days Festival is produced by the Lapeer Area Chamber of Commerce, with major sponsors View Newspaper Group and Hurley Medical Center, along with corporate and platinum sponsors including The City of Lapeer, Lapeer Fire & Rescue, Lapeer DPW, Lapeer County EMS and Lapeer Police Dept., DTE Energy, Lapeer Optimist Club and Skerbeck Family Carnival.

Visit the festival’s website, www.lapeerdays.com, for the full schedule and information on all entertainment, new events, parade entry forms, craft show, vendor space, and more. More information on the festival can be found on Facebook by searching “Lapeer Days brought to you by LACC.”

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