2018-08-15 / Editorial

More than a festival, Lapeer Days is a community reunion

Lapeer Days is here. While mid-Michigan’s premier free festival doesn’t officially open until noon Friday, the fun gets started this evening when the Skerbeck Family Carnival opens at 5 p.m. (until 11 p.m.) in the parking lot behind Lakestone Bank & Trust.

The annual Lapeer Area Chamber of Commercesponsored festival is a tradition in the community — it’s where friends and acquaintances gather each summer to catch up and have fun in the final weeks of summer. It’s where kids of all ages can have fun on the rides and enjoy each other’s company before heading back to school in 12 days, and it’s a place where parents know they’ll be safe.

Lapeer Days is a gigantic block party that spans nearly the length of Nepessing Street through the heart of downtown Lapeer. And from the end to end, and everywhere in between, there will be non-stop entertainment, delicious food, and musical performances by local and national acts.

At Lapeer Days 2018 you’ll still be able to purchase delicious egg rolls sold by Grace Episcopal Church, enjoy the Elks Club Annual Dinner as well as enjoy the 55th barbecue chicken dinner served by the Lapeer Optimist Club — but there’s new events to check out as well.

Bigger and better than last year, there will be a giant inflatable obstacle course on Nepssing Street where visitors will find more than 70 feet of climbing, crawling and rolling fun. New this year is a Quad Jump to be located in the parking lot behind Blondie’s where festival goers can jump and bounce in this bungee-style attraction. Also new this year will be a giant LEGO table on Court Street, as well as a magic and puppet show at the farmer’s market pavilion (refer to Lapeer Days special section in the Sunday (Aug. 12) edition of The County Press for the entire schedule of events).

You don’t want to miss the annual Lapeer Days Parade on Saturday at 11 a.m. Theme this year is “Who’s Your Hero.” Returning this year will be the Soap Box Derby at 1:15 p.m. Sunday when the action rolls down East Nepessing (east of Saginaw Street). Also back is a candy drop for the kids at 1 p.m. Sunday at the classic car show at Rotary Park.

The musical lineup during Lapeer Day is diverse and worth the trip by itself. To be performed on three stages, the festival will include local favorites like Jaime Marvin, Dave Lagness and The Barn Cats to rising country music stars Kin Faux and Maddie & Tae (all on Friday), locals Davis Green and 3rd Degree Burns and national recording artist — rock band Saliva (on Saturday), to Christian recording artist Mark Bishop and country music star Canaan Smith on Sunday.

All of those things, however, would not be possible without a number of local service clubs and volunteers.

For more than half a century the Lapeer Optimist Club has been providing Lapeer Days with unique events that offer folks a good time and the opportunity to support the youth of Lapeer. The beer tent will be available all weekend. Proceeds go toward Lapeer County youth programs, schools, and other organizations that reach out to the kids of the community. Inside the beer tent will be a Vegas tent.

The Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County will once again host their annual Dunk Tank Friday through Sunday on Court Street. Fairgoers can to try their hand to dunk Lapeer County Sheriff Scott McKenna and a number of other local figures and volunteers.

Whether it’s for the arts and crafts in Annrook Park along Farmers Creek, to tours of the historic county courthouse to a robotics demonstration by area students there’s so much to see and do for everyone in the family. Come on down, reunite with old friends and make new friends.

See you this week at Lapeer Days.

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