The Roseville Downtown Development Authority’s Jammin’ at the Junction car show will return for its fourth year from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, along Utica Road, between 12 Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue.

The Roseville Downtown Development Authority’s Jammin’ at the Junction car show will return for its fourth year from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, along Utica Road, between 12 Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue.

Photo provided by Eric Lafata


Fourth annual Jammin’ at the Junction to return to Roseville

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published September 10, 2019

 The Jammin’ at the Junction car show will feature prizes for the best cars on display as well as games, vendors, food and music.

The Jammin’ at the Junction car show will feature prizes for the best cars on display as well as games, vendors, food and music.

Photo provided by Eric Lafata

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ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Downtown Development Authority’s Jammin’ at the Junction car show is returning for its fourth year of automotive excellence and community fun.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, along Utica Road, between 12 Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue.

“This is our fourth year doing Jammin’ at the Junction,” said DDA Chair Eric Lafata. “Utica Road is closed from 12 Mile to Gratiot. We park all the cars on the street. There are food vendors, businesses displaying their products, a live DJ, a $250 best-in-show prize, art vendors, kids games, a bounce house and door prizes.”

It was among the first projects organized when the DDA was formed in 2013.

“About five or six years ago, the DDA formed. This is the first event we wanted to try to do to get people involved in the community and bring people to the downtown area,” Lafata explained. “Since then, we’ve made this a yearly event. Roseville and the surrounding areas are pretty involved in classic cars, so we thought it was a good way to attract people.” 

The first three years, Jammin’ at the Junction was hosted in July, but the date was moved to September in hopes of better weather and increasing attendance.

“We moved it from July to September because we suffered from bad weather the last few years,” said DDA Vice Chair Gina Aiuto. “This year, we are hoping for some more mild weather. With everybody back to school, hopefully this will mean more community members will be home and able to come out for the event.”

Those interested in being part of the car show with classic, exotic and antique cars or bikes can register at Lafata Auto Body, 28760 Utica Road. Preregistration costs $15, and cars will be able to be registered on the day of the show for $20. Regular admission to the event is free. More information is available by calling Aiuto at (586) 445-5470.

Aiuto stressed how important a downtown development authority is to a community.

“A DDA is important for Roseville because it highlights an area for businesses, which then goes on to bringing in more businesses, which then brings in more people to the community,” she said. “It also improves the community for the people who already live here. It helps the community in a variety of ways, and it helps everyone from top to bottom.”

Lafata said Jammin’ at the Junction is just part of the efforts the Roseville DDA is working on to bring positive change to the Roseville community.

“We recently had an art event as well and the Rose Auction in February,” Lafata said. “When people see Roseville, there’s a lot we have to do to get to the level of a city of Royal Oak, but we are working hard to improve the downtown area as well as attract new business. Some people might not be seeing changes right away, but that level of change takes time because we need to get grants and stuff.”

The end goal of Jammin’ at the Junction is community improvement.

“Our main focus is promoting the downtown district,” Lafata remarked. “They are working on the gas lines now, and then they are starting on the streetscaping project to replace the streetlights and put in new landscaping. … It’s a nice way to bring people out, see all the cool classic and exotic cars. There will be great food trucks and restaurants offering food. It should be fun.”

“It is a free family event to highlight our downtown area,” Aiuto added. “It is a car show, but it also has a lot of other family events and attractions, as well as food and music. It’s a great way to hang out in Roseville.”

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