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 Courtney Hughes, of Clawson, takes a ride with her son, Vinny, 2, at Clawson City Park last year. An art fair and rides will return  to the park July 4 this year.

Courtney Hughes, of Clawson, takes a ride with her son, Vinny, 2, at Clawson City Park last year. An art fair and rides will return to the park July 4 this year.

File photo by Donna Dalziel


Fourth of July events, Rib Fest bring summer fun

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published June 27, 2018

 Juliann Smith, 4, of Clawson, rides her tricycle in the Clawson Kiddie Parade last year.  The Kiddie Parade  will take place  June 30 this year.

Juliann Smith, 4, of Clawson, rides her tricycle in the Clawson Kiddie Parade last year. The Kiddie Parade will take place June 30 this year.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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CLAWSON/ROYAL OAK — Those seeking patriotic or summer fun won’t have to look far during the next week and a half.

The city of Clawson will host its annual slew of Fourth of July community events, and Rib Fest will return to Royal Oak for three days of merriment.

Clawson

On June 30, residents and nonresidents alike are invited to participate in or attend Clawson’s Kiddie Parade. The parade will kick off promptly at 11 a.m. from the Clawson High School parking lot, travel down Phillips, hang a right on Custer and filter into Clawson City Park.

Sue Baker, of the Clawson’s Women’s Club, said judging would return this year after several years of awarding all involved participation ribbons. The Clawson Fourth of July Committee will judge categories of best decorated bike, best decorated trike, best float/wagon, best costume, best dressed pet and best use of theme.

This year’s theme is “Peace, Love, Clawson.”

Those participating in the parade, she said, should arrive early for judging, and residents should avoid parking on parade streets.

“We usually have over 100 (people attend),” Baker said. “It’s open to anyone who would like to come. We’ve also had kids in the parade that haven’t decorated their bikes, and that’s fine too. Everybody has fun.”

Following the parade, the Fourth of July Committee will announce the winners, and food trucks will be stationed in the park, she said.

From 3 to 9 p.m. July 3, Clawson City Park will be host to an arts and crafts fair and midway games and rides. And also from 3 to 9 p.m., the city will sponsor “Shell-Camino” monster truck rides in the parking lot of Schalm Elementary School, 940 N. Selfridge Blvd., north of West Elmwood Avenue.

On July 4, Clawson will boast a full roster of celebratory events, beginning with an opening ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at the Blair Memorial Library, 416 N. Main St., north of 14 Mile Road.

At 9 a.m. July 4, the Firecracker Mile run will kick off the Fourth of July parade at the corner of 14 Mile and Crooks roads. The path will run along Crooks, turn right onto Main Street, left onto Elmwood and end at Clawson City Park.

Jason Karwoski, co-chair of the Fourth of July Committee, said Ralph Haney, a longtime Clawson resident involved in the community, will be the grand marshal of the parade.

“There’s some new entries this year, including the Oakland County Football Club,” he said. “There will be some 4x4 Jeeps that haven’t been there in a couple years that kind of drive up all over each others’ tires. That’s kind of cool.”

He said the Clawson and Troy fire departments would march in the parade, and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office would bring some “souped-up” police vehicles, including boats. Children, he added, should bring bags to collect candy.

The arts and crafts fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; the midway games and rides will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and live music will last from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., all at the park.

From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., “Shell-Camino” monster truck rides will again be available in the Schalm Elementary parking lot.

Additionally, the city will hold a Clawson Fire Department versus Troy Fire Department “water battle” at 1 p.m.; a hot dog eating contest at 3 p.m.; and a Clawson’s best pizza eating contest at 4 p.m. at the park.

To round out the day, the city will provide a fireworks show at dusk — or around 10 p.m. — at the park.

Royal Oak

On Friday, July 6, through Sunday, July 8, Rib Fest will return to downtown Royal Oak, with a $3 entry fee. Veterans and active-duty members with military ID, as well as children ages 12 and younger, will get in for free.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Royal Oak Football Club and the Detroit Art Initiative.

The event will run from 1 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 6; from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 7; and from noon to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, July 8, and it will center around the intersection of West Sixth Street and South Center Street.

Each day, festivalgoers will have the opportunity to listen to a full lineup of live bands and peruse more than 100 vendors, including local barbecue and beverage vendors, as well as a craft beer tent and a Moscow mule tent.

There will be an expanded kid zone featuring bounce houses, obstacle courses, face painting, lawn games and more.

For more information about Clawson Fourth of July events, visit www.clawson4thofjuly.org. For more information about Rib Fest, visit www.michiganribfest.com.

Call Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik at (586) 218-5006.

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