Music, acrobats and more coming to June Fest

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published May 31, 2017

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — With dancers, acrobats, animals and more, June Fest promises fun for the family in St. Clair Shores’ downtown area.

“June Fest is a family fun day, a street fair when we, the merchants, close the street, open the doors and welcome the public to come on down and see what we have to offer,” said Gloria Kinne, the owner of Circare, a gift shop on Greater Mack Avenue.

Put on for more than 20 years by the 9-Mack Merchants Association — which includes dozens of businesses along Greater Mack Avenue, Nine Mile Road and 9-Mack Drive — June Fest will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 3 on Greater Mack Avenue, between Nine Mile Road and 9-Mack Drive.

The event will include a craft fair that will have better crafters than ever, according to Kinne. 

“We are upgrading this year. We’re working with somebody new to organize it and we’re being more choosy,” she said. “I think it’s going to be a really nice craft fair this year.”

Portions of the proceeds from the crafter entry fees will support the Miss St. Clair Shores Scholarship Program and the South Lake High School Band Boosters. The remainder of the money goes back to help put on the festival, now in its 23rd year.

“It all goes to the community in one way or another,” Kinne said.

In addition to sidewalk sales, specials and special events at the businesses in the 9-Mack Merchants Association, there will be a dance floor at the south end of the block featuring performances from Casali School of Dance and Mary Ellen Studio of Dance, plus the Miss June Fest competition, sponsored by Roy O’Brien Ford. 

At the north end of the block, a stage will feature three different musical acts.

In between, there’s a petting zoo with an animal show every half-hour that is always popular with children, trackless train rides and two inflatable bouncers, and performances by the Lovely Lyra Ladies, a small acrobat troupe. The acrobats will put on shows throughout the day that include aerial acts, hoops and ribbons, and will be demonstrating tricks with hoops and more in between the shows.

Children can greet Disney princesses Elsa, Anna and Moana, as well as Tootsie the Clown. 

“It’s a really good family event,” Kinne said. “They bring their kids; they bring their pets.”

There will even be a comfort station for dogs, courtesy of association member Camp Bow Wow.

“We look forward to it,” said Mayor Kip Walby. 

City Council approved the event unanimously at its May 15 meeting.

For more information, look for the St. Clair Shores 9-Mack Merchants Association on Facebook.

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