The Wipe Out ride was among the favorite attractions at Roseville’s fifth annual Rosefest.

The Wipe Out ride was among the favorite attractions at Roseville’s fifth annual Rosefest.

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Roseville celebrates 5th annual Rosefest

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published June 14, 2019

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ROSEVILLE — Roseville celebrated its fifth annual Rosefest, the community’s largest public event, June 6-9 at Veterans Memorial Park.

With an estimated 35,000 people attending the fireworks June 9 and an estimated 45,000-50,000 people attending the event over the course of its four-day run, city officials said it set a record for its five-year history.

“This was the largest attendance in the history of Rosefest,” Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins said. “Weather was not our friend, so we had to move the midway and decide to move the vendors since parts of the park were so wet from the rain, but it was still a great success.”

He also noted that the fireworks display June 9 was delayed by 50 minutes due to winds, and the high volume of people in the area for the event jammed cellphone towers, which made it difficult for the organizers to alert the public to the delay.

Despite the weather-related issues, Adkins said the rest of Rosefest was an unmitigated success, thanks in large part to those who volunteered and worked during the event.

“I want to thank the volunteers from groups like (the Department of Public Services) and the Roseville Optimist Club who made this all possible. I also want to thank the Roseville police for keeping everyone safe,” he said.

Adkins also noted that social media posts that suggested there had been injuries at the festival were inaccurate, and Roseville police officials confirmed that it was an overall safe and well-organized event.

“Two patrons had a diabetic reaction on Saturday, and some people took pictures and it got blown out of proportion online, but we transported them out of there and they were both fine, so there were no major incidents,” said Roseville Deputy Police Chief Donald Glandon. “It actually was a great affair. There were a lot of officers on the ground and things stayed very quiet. There was one arrest for disorderly conduct on Friday night and that was it. It was a great family event and there was a great time had by all.”

The spiritual successor to the Rose Festival, which the community hosted from 1936 to 1976, Rosefest included midway games, entertainers, rides, vendors and more.

The festival is made possible through sponsorships from community businesses such as Christian Financial Bank and the Motor City Co-Op Credit Union. City leaders expressed their agreement that Rosefest was successful and a great experience for those in attendance.

“This is a huge undertaking for the city and is done at no cost to the taxpayers,” said Roseville City Councilwoman Catherine Haugh. “I worked at the beer tent on Friday night (June 7), and it was great to see everyone come out and enjoy themselves.”