Center Line looks to build on Independence Festival

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published February 15, 2017

 Center Line’s Independence Festival returns June 23-25. The festivities will include three themed nights of entertainment Friday through Sunday, food and beverage vendors, a carnival, activities for children, and a Saturday night fireworks show.

Center Line’s Independence Festival returns June 23-25. The festivities will include three themed nights of entertainment Friday through Sunday, food and beverage vendors, a carnival, activities for children, and a Saturday night fireworks show.

File photo by Sean Work

CENTER LINE — It’s still cold outside, but plans are underway to make sure Center Line’s three-day summer festival is even better this year.

Officials are implementing a few changes designed to improve the experience for festivalgoers, and sponsors are being sought to offset the cost of the events. 

According to Center Line City Manager Dennis Champine, the second annual Center Line Independence Festival will be held over the June 23-25 weekend in and around Memorial Park, west of Van Dyke and north of 10 Mile Road. Again this year, the festivities will include three themed nights of entertainment Friday through Sunday, food and beverage vendors, a carnival, activities for children, and a Saturday night fireworks show.

“This year, we have made some minor changes,” Champine said Feb. 8. “We have all the food vendors and the beer tent in one large area. We do have a new carnival company coming in. We’ll be having the carnival on the football field this year. It’s directly adjacent to the activities.”

Champine said the city will also make security improvements this year in an effort to limit potential problems. He said public safety personnel will be deployed in quadrants across the festival grounds and that crowds will be kept moving outside of the main area.

“The main event area will be cordoned off with steel barricades. On Saturday night, you will not be able to enter the main barricaded area unless you are 21 years of age or with your parent or guardian,” Champine said.

A total of 10 bands will perform live over the three-night span. “Flashback Friday” will feature classic rock music. “Saddle Up Saturday” will showcase country music, while the final day will feature “Sunday Over Easy” with Motown, blues and folk music.

Activities for kids and families will include a zip line this year. Like last summer, the festival will be held in conjunction with the Center Line Lions Club Car Show, at ABC Warehouse on 10 Mile.

Champine said sponsorship opportunities exist for business partners at various levels. Band sponsorships are available for those donating $1,000-$2,500. Daily theme sponsorships run $3,000-$5,000 each. Three stage name sponsorships, one for each night, are available for $5,000-$6,000 each. Finally, a single donation in excess of $7,000 can secure naming rights for the entire festival this year.

Organizers have already received a commitment for a fireworks sponsorship from Christian Financial Credit Union.

Champine said anyone wishing to inquire about events or sponsorship opportunities should contact his office directly at (586) 757-6800, or by email at dchampine@centerline.gov.