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RoseFest visitors find a lot to enjoy

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published June 19, 2015

 Carnival-goers ride the Spin Out during RoseFest at Veterans Memorial Park June 18.

Carnival-goers ride the Spin Out during RoseFest at Veterans Memorial Park June 18.

Photo by Sean Work

RoseFest started its four-day run at Veterans Memorial Park June 18 and, by that evening, already had drawn people interested in dancing, carnival games, rides and food.

Though the Rose Parade, car show, fireworks and most musical acts were not scheduled until later in the event’s run, visitors found a number of things they liked. Keisha Susko, of Roseville, said her daughter was enjoying the rides.

“This is about the fifth time she’s been on (the Happy Swim ride),” Susko said. “We’ll be back on the last day. This is just a good way to get the kids out and have fun.”

Annie Tan, of Roseville, echoed those sentiments and said she appreciated that there were a mix of rides for younger and older kids. Both of the kids with her, Shawn and Nelson Wu, agreed. Nelson said he liked the Spin Out ride in particular, since it was “fun and scary” to be upside down periodically on it.

Chad Watson, visiting from Tennessee and interested in visiting all the local fairs that he could, was disappointed that one of the rides he was here to try was out of order that first day. That aside, he said he liked the festival.

Other people had specific plans to return later during the festival for a variety of reasons. Lisa and Hughie Gibson, of Roseville, said they both liked how close the festival was to where they lived. Lisa Gibson said she was looking forward to the fireworks scheduled for Saturday evening, and Hughie Gibson said they intended to come back with their kids on Saturday.

“It’s nice to see it back, the RoseFest, for sure,” he said.

Grandparents Leonard and Karen Roberts, lifelong Roseville residents, had nothing but praise for the event on Thursday, where they were spending time with one of their grandchildren.

“I’m coming back Saturday for sure, even though the cruise is going on,” Leonard Roberts said. “There will just be more of a crowd and people to see — just seeing an old group of friends.”

“And we have our grandson back that day,” Karen Roberts added.

Thursday’s schedule had included a clown, a juggler and a disc jockey for the beverage tent. The event continues through Sunday at Veterans Memorial Park, 27325 Barkman St., near Martin Road.

Read C & G Newspapers' preview of RoseFest here. In addition to RoseFest, Eastpointe's Cruisin' Gratiot and the Roseville Gratiot Cruise take place on Saturday.