The Taylor Summer Festival is underway at Heritage Park and today marks its biggest day, including the Elliott's Amusements' carnival along Pardee Road, which opens at 11 a.m. this morning. The 11 a.m. opening begins a long day which will be capped by the Masco Fireworks Display at approximately 10 p.m., directly after the featured concert with Phil Vassar, Ty Stone and Joe Jaber and the Last Divide.
Also opening at that time will be the Motor City Moonwalks' village, which is located just north of the Heritage Park Petting Farm and is ideal for the really young children. The moonwalks will open at 11, as will the Petting Farm, which offers face painting. The beer garden, located just northeast of the Sheridan Center (up the Pardee entrance to the park) will also open at 11. All beers and "Mike's Hard" are $5.
Look for the food booths adjacent to the beer garden along the inner ring road of the parkway. Across from those booths are many vendor booths -- Biker Bob's offers rides on a specially situated Harley Davidson that is on top of a trailer, Avon is selling sun screen and bug spray, the Hantz Financial Group has tons of surprises, and much, much more. Gloworks is located in the park and will have vendors walks through selling glow necklaces and that type of "evening" ware specially suited for a fireworks evening.
Wristbands for the carnival are $20. Wristbands for the moonwalks are $15. Admission to the Petting Farm is $5.
The newly renovated Sheridan Center open-air marketplace will remain today at 5 p.m. for the featured concerts. Joe Jaber and the Last Divide will be on stage opening the show at 6 p.m., with WYCD Jack Shell doing the emcee honors. Jaber will be followed by Ty Stone at 7 and Phil Vassar at 8:30 before the Masco fireworks take center stage.
Tickets for the concert is $10 in advance on etix and $15 at the door. The ticket booth will be open throughout the day. The ticket booth is located right in front of the Sheridan Center adjacent to the main entrance of the carnival.
If you are planning to attend tonight's concert, please be advised that foldable chairs are permitted AND RECOMMENDED inside the Sheridan complex. You will not be able to entry the center with coolers.
GLASS BOTTLES ARE PROHIBITED INSIDE OF HERITAGE PARK!
The following is an overview of today's schedule, as well as Sunday, June 29:
Carnival, Motor City Moonwalks and Petting Farm run from noon until 11 p.m. Flutterby Faces' Face Painting will be featuring "Fourth of July"-themed face painting for $8 per face at the Petting Farm!
Beer garden open noon until 11 p.m. (all drinks $5)
Vendor booths open noon until 11 p.m.
Sponsor's Party will be located in front of the Sheridan Center and a VIP badge is required for entry.
Concert in Sheridan Center includes County Star Phil Vassar, Ty Stone and Joe Jaber and the Last Divide. Gates open at 5 p.m. Concerts begin at 6 p.m. Advance $10 and at-the-door $15 through www.etix.com.
FREE Masco Taylor Summer Festival Fireworks Display at approximately 10 p.m.
Sunday, June 29:
Carnival and Motor City Moonwalks run from 1 p.m.. until close.
Beer garden with DJ 1 p.m. until close.
Vendor booths open 1 p.m. until close.
June 29 is also fireworks show rain date.
PARKING: Vehicle parking will be available both inside and outside of Heritage Park for $5. Official festival parking will be located at the southern end of the park (Northline Road entrance); First Albanian "Teqe Bektashiane" field (Northline Road and Racho, just outside the south entrance); and at the Wayne County Community College-Taylor Campus (outside the eastern most end of the park). There will be a shuttle running between WCCCD and Heritage Park, thanks to Trinity Transportation.
Other private paid parking will be available in the surrounding areas.
STREET PARKING RESTRICTIONS: The Taylor Police Department strongly recommends that if you are driving to the festival, that you use one of the parking lots inside or just outside Heritage Park and that you DO NOT park on adjacent streets.
One-side parking will be posted on the following city streets during the festival:
Violators will be ticketed and towed.
In addition, Pardee Road will be CLOSED between Northline and Goddard at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28 (fireworks night). All side streets feeding Pardee in that location will also be closed. Only residential traffic will be allowed, and you will have to provide ID to go through the barricades.
After the fireworks display, Taylor Police will be exiting traffic north and south along Pardee and east and west along Goddard Road and Northline Road. All of those streets will be limited to OUTBOUND TRAFFIC only during that limited time frame (likely 11 p.m.-midnight). Residents returning home from other places should plan to work around that exiting traffic period.
TICKETS, BEER, BEVERAGE AND FOOD SALES: Tickets are required for all carnival rides. Only ticket holders will receive admission into the concerts in the Sheridan Center. Food vendors will be located in strategic positions in the park. Beer vendors will also be strategically located and proof of age will be required to enter those areas. Those attending the festival will not be able to bring in their own beer and/or coolers. Glass bottles will be strictly prohibited in Heritage Park and will be confiscated by police.
DEVELOPING INFORMATION: Check for updates on the Taylor Summer Festival on our Websites (www.cityoftaylor.com and www.taylorfestival.com) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/taylorsummerfestival).
The Taylor Summer Festival is presented by the City of Taylor, Meridian Entertainment Group and CBS Radio, which includes 99.5 WYCD Detroit’s Country and 104.3 WOMC Detroit’s Greatest Hits. Joining Masco as a sponsor of the Taylor Summer Festival are Michigan CAT, The News-Herald Newspapers, Taylor Ford, Fritz Enterprises, Area Towing, Wm. Molnar Roofing Inc., Eastown Distributors, Taylor Chevrolet, McKinley Properties, Vibra Hospitals of Southeastern Michigan, Shwedel Dental, DTE Energy, MI Custom Signs, Trinity Transportation and Vicar’s Trailer Rentals.