New festival echoes Troy Daze

Nonprofit will hold four-day festival on church grounds

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published June 1, 2011

 The swing was a popular place on the midway during Troy’s 2009 Troy Daze Festival, 
which the city cancelledlast year due to budget constraints.

The swing was a popular place on the midway during Troy’s 2009 Troy Daze Festival, which the city cancelledlast year due to budget constraints.

File photo byPatricia O’Blenes

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Troy Family Daze, modeled after the Troy Daze Festival that the city of Troy sponsored for a number of years, will be held this year under the direction of a nonprofit foundation on the grounds of a local church.

Tom Kaszubski, executive director of the North Woodward Community Foundation, said the four-day festival will be slightly smaller than the festivals the city sponsored in the past, and it won’t include a parade. The foundation is funding the event, and any net profit will go back to the community through grants and community projects, he said.

“There is no cost to the city of Troy for the festival,” Kaszubski said.

A private security firm will provide parking attendants and uniformed security officers throughout the event, which will be held on the 43-acre site of Zion Community Church, 3668 Livernois.

Many of the 40 members of the festival operating committee have served on the city-sponsored Troy Daze Festival committees in the past, Kaszubski said. He noted that the committee has a combined 225 years of experience organizing festivals.

Troy Community Affairs Director Cindy Stewart estimated that between 50,000 and 80,000 people attended the last city-sponsored Troy Daze in 2009. The Troy City Council voted to cancel the festival in April of 2010 due to budget constraints. Prior to that, the city had sponsored Troy Daze in different forms for 41 years. The festival was called after two days due to torrential rain in 2008, and it was cancelled after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Sept. 11, 2001.

Stewart said that in 2009, revenues from the event were $148,000, mostly from the midway rides and parking fees, while costs for fireworks, tents, generators and other supplies to operate the festival exceeded $125,000. In addition, police costs, which included $11,000 in overtime, were more than $53,600, and other staff hours totaled more than $60,000, Stewart said.

The festival at Zion Community Church will feature a midway, food booths, community booths, a Kiwanis-sponsored pancake breakfast, children’s games, talent shows, an outdoor stage with free entertainment, free shuttles from parking onsite and from overflow parking at Walsh College and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, free paved parking onsite, and a day set aside to serve children with special needs.

Dick Ramsdell, business administration executive for Zion Community Church, said the church had been part of the city-sponsored Troy Daze Festival, and church officials thought the church would be a good place to host the festival and a way to give back to the community.

“We’re looking forward to the event,” he said.

The cost for admission will be $2 per person, and ride bracelets will cost $20 on Friday and Sunday, and $25 on Saturday. Single ride tickets will also be available.

Festival hours will be 4-9 p.m. Sept. 15, 4-11 p.m. Sept. 16, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 17, and 1-9 p.m. Sept. 18, with the pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day. For information about the festival or volunteer opportunities, visit www.troyfamilydaze.com or email troyfamilydaze@att.net.

You can reach Staff Writer Terry Oparka at toparka@candgnews.com or at (586) 498-1054.
 

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