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May 17, 2012

Hazel Park’s Memorial Festival is May 24-28

Attractions include a carnival, car show, parade and more

By Andy Kozlowski
C & G Staff Writer

HAZEL PARK — It’s a way to honor the men and women who served and are serving in the military: getting out this Memorial weekend to enjoy the lifestyle they afforded us.

That’s the idea behind the five-day festival in Hazel Park May 24-28, a popular event that has drawn more than 10,000 people in the past and has historically been profitable for the cash-strapped city. General admission and most events are free, but money is made off certain attractions.

McDonagh Amusements returns with the family-friendly carnival at the heart of each day’s festivities, filling the open spaces of Green Acres Park with the sweet smell of cotton candy and elephant ears, the whoosh of thrill rides and the laughter of children. Hazel Park Recreation is selling carnival tickets for $14 in advance, down from $18 at the carnival.

A variety of musical guests will provide live entertainment for people chilling in the refreshment tent. A craft sale inside and outside of the Community Center will feature talented vendors, and children can look forward to spending time with the animals in the petting zoo at Green Acres Pavilion No. 2.

There will even be a car show at Green Acres Field No. 1, which in the past has had everything from antique Model T’s to dragsters with the parachute in the back. Admission for the car show is $10.

These are just some of the highlights leading up to the parade and memorial service on Memorial Day, with the parade departing from Eight Mile and John R and proceeding west at Woodward Heights Boulevard (9 1/2 Mile). Special tribute to the servicemen and women will be paid at the ceremonies to follow.

“We want to make sure everyone understands this Memorial Day that we wouldn’t be here without our veterans,” said Hazel Park Mayor Jack Lloyd. “A lot of people died and lost their lives for us, so we could have the safety we’re experiencing today.”

Barbara Scott, recreation supervisor, said the many volunteers involved help make the festival possible. She also noted that the event more than pays for itself, with all profit helping to strengthen the city budget and community services.

“I’ve been here 25 years, and for the last 10 or 12 years I’ve been in charge, most of those years we made anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 in profit, beyond our expenses,” Scott said. “It’s enough to cover police and DPW, to cover everything. The profit goes to the city’s general fund.

“I don’t know of any other event in our city that is this popular,” she said. “It’s something fun, bringing everyone together with a strong family atmosphere.”

The mayor said he’s looking forward to seeing some familiar faces.

“What we’ve experienced, especially on the weekend, is there are a lot of people who are coming back to Hazel Park specifically for the Memorial weekend festivities, visiting their families and holding events around the same time in Green Acres Park,” Lloyd said. “This is the homecoming event of Hazel Park.”


The venue is Green Acres Park, at I-75 and West Woodward Heights Boulevard. The talent show is in the Community Center, 620 W. Woodward Heights.

Thursday, May 24:
• 4-10 p.m. — Carnival (McDonagh Amusements) — Green Acres.
• 7 p.m. — Hazel Park Talent Contest — Community Center.

Friday, May 25:
• 4-11 p.m. — Carnival (McDonagh Amusements) — Green Acres.
• 4-11 p.m. — Refreshments (Hazel Park Lions Club) — Refreshment Tent, G.A.
• 6:30-9:30 p.m. — Bingo (Hazel Park Lions Club) — Community Center.
• 4-6 p.m. — “JABB” (Band) — Refreshment Tent, G.A.
• 6:45-10:45 p.m. — “Brother Righteous” (Band) — Refreshment Tent, G.A.

Saturday, May 26:
• 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Craft sale — Community Center.
• Noon to 11 p.m. — Carnival (McDonagh Amusements) — Green Acres.
• Noon to 11 p.m. — Refreshments (Hazel Park Lions Club) — Refreshment Tent, G.A.
• 2-5 p.m. — Bingo (first session) — Community Center.
• Noon to 5 p.m. — Children’s Farm Petting Zoo — G.A. Pavilion No. 2.
• 6-9 p.m. — Bingo (second session) — Community Center.
• 3:30-6:15 p.m. — “Some Kinda Jones” (Band) — Refreshment Tent, G.A.
• 6:45-10:45 p.m. — “Long Neck Strangler” (Band) — Refreshment Tent, G.A.

Sunday, May 27:
• 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Craft sale — Community Center.
• Noon to 11 p.m. — Carnival (McDonagh Amusements) — Green Acres.
• Noon to 11 p.m. — Refreshments (Hazel Park Lions Club) — Refreshment Tent, G.A.
• 1:30-3 p.m. — “Mental Fatigue” (Band) — Refreshment Tent, G.A.
• 2-5 p.m. — Bingo (first session) — Community Center.
• 3:30-6 p.m. — “Electric Hayes” (Band) — Refreshment Tent, G.A.
• Noon to 5 p.m. — Children’s Farm Petting Zoo — G.A. Pavilion No. 2.
• 6-9 p.m. — Bingo (second session) — Community Center.
• 6:45-10:45 p.m. — “Richard Lawson and the Southerners” (Band) — Refreshment Tent, G.A.

Monday, May 28:
• 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Craft sale — Community Center.
• 10 a.m. to noon — Memorial Day Parade — Starts at John R and Eight Mile, then west on Woodward Heights.
• 12:30-1 p.m. — Memorial services — Bob Welch Field No. 1.
• Noon — Ronnie Bell performs — Bob Welch Field No. 1.
• 1-10 p.m. — Carnival (McDonagh Amusements) — Green Acres.
• 1-10 p.m. — Refreshments (Hazel Park Lions Club) — Refreshment Tent, G.A.
• 1-6 p.m. — Show & Shine Car Show (judging at 3:30 p.m.) — Green Acres Field No. 1.
• 1-4 p.m. — “Gary Pillow” (Band) — Refreshment Tent, G.A.
• 1-6 p.m. — Barnyard Express (Kids) — G.A. Pavilion No. 2.
• 2-5 p.m. — Bingo — Community Center.
• 5-9 p.m. — “Arizona Son” (Band) — Refreshment Tent, G.A.
• 5 p.m. — Parade and contest winners announced — Community Center.
• 10 p.m. — Park closes.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Andy Kozlowski at akozlowski@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1104.