Fall festival ushers in season of tradition, family fun

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published September 30, 2015

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CLAWSON — Tradition is a strong sentiment in the city, and this weekend will usher in the community’s Fall Festival.

The Clawson Parks and Recreation Department’s Fall Festival will take place 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at Clawson City Park, which is located off of Elmwood Avenue between Main Street and Crooks Road.

“It’s been going on as long as I’ve been here,” said Mayor Penny Luebs. “It’s a lot of fun.”

The festival, which is nearing two decades in the city, will include hayrides, a farm animal show, musical entertainment, goodies from Blake’s Orchard, a Junior Optimist kids activities tent, the Rotary Club roasting corn, the Skatepark Committee providing popcorn and hot cocoa, and Oakland County Parks providing inflatables and a rock climbing wall free of charge.

Luebs said that, consistent with tradition, members of the Clawson Senior Center have been baking pies to sell at the event. The Mavericks football team will be selling pumpkins.

“I think it has become a wonderful family event to welcome fall,” said Kathy Leenhouts, Clawson’s director of recreation and senior services. “After all the hustle and bustle of getting kids back to school and back into their fall extracurricular activities, it offers a day to just relax and enjoy the park with free musical entertainment, hayrides, inflatables and a farm animal show.” 

The event will feature a classic car show with registration beginning at 10 a.m., judging from noon to 2 p.m. and trophies awarded at 4:30 p.m. Proceeds from the United Street Machine Association annual car show will benefit the Clawson High School baseball program.

General Dogs, a food cart owned and operated by Clawson residents David and Derek Custer, will be at the event serving its fare, and the fun will conclude with a 6:15 p.m. bonfire conducted by the Clawson Fire Department.

“The many groups that participate from the community really make it a day everyone can enjoy,” Leenhouts said.