RoseFest planning enters final stretch

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published May 3, 2016

 Leah Domenicucci, of Fraser, enjoys a carnival ride during the 2015 RoseFest last June. The second annual event is coming up June 16-19 at Roseville’s Veterans Memorial Park.

Leah Domenicucci, of Fraser, enjoys a carnival ride during the 2015 RoseFest last June. The second annual event is coming up June 16-19 at Roseville’s Veterans Memorial Park.

File photo by Sean Work

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ROSEVILLE — The second annual RoseFest is coming up June 16-19, and the organizers are busy finalizing entertainment and events.

Co-chairwoman Virginia Green said one of the changes that visitors might notice this year is more activities for small children. In the event’s inaugural year, Green said, many of the rides were only accessible to people taller than 42 inches, leaving toddler-age children out.

“We’re labeling it the Tiny Tot Fun Zone,” Green said. “We’re bringing in some inflatables and bounce houses, also free of charge, primarily for the little ones so they have something to do while they’re with the family as well.”

RoseFest will also be adding a petting zoo on Saturday and Sunday for children, she added.

Kids are not the only ones who can look forward to new sources of entertainment, though.

Green said they are adding more live entertainment at this year’s event. Last time around, the festival only had a single stage — inside a gazebo at Veterans Memorial Park — which was a problem for visitors in other parts of the park. Green said that this year they will have a second stage set up in the beverage tent, with additional live music and entertainers; as of April 28, only two entertainment slots were still available.

“We’re actually doubling our entertainment over last year to a degree,” she said. “We’re going to focus on keeping everyone entertained in any section of the park.”

Green highlighted Journey tribute band Captured Detroit as being one of the major acts coming to the festival. The group is scheduled for Sunday night.

Michelle Glandon, another co-chairwoman for the event, said the city fireworks display is scheduled for Saturday, June 18, as is a movie night, for which the festival will show “The Lego Movie.”

Glandon is also working on the Rose Queen pageant and the RoseFest parade, scheduled for June 19 along Martin Road, east of Groesbeck. The parade is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

“We’re going to try and do a theme, like a Father’s Day theme,” Glandon said. “We’re inviting children to ride their bikes in it — decorate their bikes and ride in it, and businesses to come out, (Scouting troops and) churches.”

The pageant is open to girls in grades one-12 and features multiple age brackets. The talent show to crown the queens is scheduled for May 24; Glandon said applications need to be in by May 20. She said they are looking for girls who are active in the community, with strong academic performance, and who are generally good representatives for the city.

Sunday will feature a classic car “cruise-in.” Glandon said, where classic car enthusiasts can bring their vehicles to Veterans Memorial Park for a car show.

On the food side, Green said carnival fare will be available through the midway that Wade Shows is bringing. Additionally, the RoseFest organizers are working on getting local food vendors to provide other items.

While the RoseFest website is still under construction, Green said it is accessible through the Roseville city website, www.ci.roseville.mi.us.

The RoseFest site can be reached by clicking on the button on the right side of the main page; pageant forms and additional information on entertainment can be found there.

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