The Troy Family Daze celebration will return for its 51st year Thursday, Sept. 16-Sunday, Sept. 19.

The Troy Family Daze celebration will return for its 51st year Thursday, Sept. 16-Sunday, Sept. 19.

Photo provided by Karen Greenwood


51st Troy Family Daze to return

By: Brendan Losinski | Troy Times | Published September 8, 2021

 Activities at Troy Family Daze include a variety of events and offerings, including fireworks, a carnival, music and a petting zoo.

Activities at Troy Family Daze include a variety of events and offerings, including fireworks, a carnival, music and a petting zoo.

Photo provided by Karen Greenwood

 After missing a year due to COVID-19, the organizers of Troy Family Daze are welcoming people back.

After missing a year due to COVID-19, the organizers of Troy Family Daze are welcoming people back.

Photo provided by Karen Greenwood

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TROY — The Troy community is preparing for the 51st annual Troy Family Daze celebration.

The yearly celebration is designed to bring the Troy community together and recognize the people who make the city great.

“This event has run for 51 years! It’s truly special,” Karen Greenwood, the chair of the Troy Community Foundation, said in an email. “This event takes over 250 volunteers and is supported greatly by our community — The Rotary Club, The Kiwanis Club, high school students, senior groups, and businesses.”

The event is hosted by the Troy Community Foundation. It takes place from Thursday, Sept. 16, to Sunday, Sept. 19 at the Troy Civic Center, behind City Hall, at the intersection of Town Center Drive and Civic Center Drive.

“There’s a carnival, there’s entertainment such as the Amazing Clark and Cirque Amongus for children,” explained Al Lindsay, the festival chair. “There are games, tents with old-time carnival games, we have food vendors, more than 20 business and nonprofit vendors will be on hand, and fireworks on Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. On Sunday, it’s International Day, so our tent will feature dancers and singers and musicians from different ethnic groups. That lasts from 12:30-9 p.m.”

The money raised from the event helps support charities that benefit the Troy community.

“We get money from the carnival, a percentage of the income. It’s a $5 entrance fee for anyone age 13 or older. Children 12 and under are free. We also raise money by selling spaces to the food and business vendors,” said Lindsay. “All the money goes back into charities. It’s a 100% volunteer staff. A lot of us have been working on this festival for 20 years, and we enjoy putting on this festival for the city of Troy.”

After last year’s Troy Family Daze was canceled due to COVID-19, the organizers are excited to have it back.

“We are beyond excited to have this event this year,” Greenwood wrote. “2020 was canceled due to COVID, so our community is ready!  We are proud to have the support of the community!”

Lindsay said that although there are still concerns about COVID-19, the consensus among organizers was that the event was safe to host.

“Last year we decided not to have it because of COVID-19. We made the decision not to put the public in jeopardy,’ he said. “This year there have been festivals and fairs all over Michigan during the summer. With the guidance of the Michigan Festival Association, we thought we could put on a safe festival, and we need to raise some funds for our charities.”

Greenwood said it is thrilling to be able to see people she hasn’t seen in more than a year, and she encourages people to attend.

Lindsay said he hopes people will come out and come together to celebrate the community.

“It’s a great way to see your neighbors,” he remarked. “I’m a Troy resident, and when I’m at the festival, I always see the parents from the high school and other friends from the community. And I love the fireworks. They are always a big draw.”

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