Occupants of the Jungle Twist wind down the track at a previous  Sterlingfest Art and  Music Fair.

Occupants of the Jungle Twist wind down the track at a previous Sterlingfest Art and Music Fair.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes

Sterlingfest to launch new fireworks display

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published July 12, 2019


STERLING HEIGHTS — The 2019 Sterlingfest Art and Music Fair is ready to start things off with a bang, according to its organizers.

The three-day event, which runs July 25-27 this year, “is just around the corner,” according to Sterling Heights City Manager Mark Vanderpool. The city is bracing for a high turnout once again, with past attendance estimated to have reached 100,000 people or more.

At the July 2 City Council meeting, Vanderpool outlined some features that the public can expect at the event, which is held near City Hall and Dodge Park.

“The big new component of Sterlingfest this year is a fireworks display,” he said. “We’re really looking forward to that new addition.”

For the first time, Sterlingfest will host a fireworks show at around 9:30 p.m. July 25. The show will be sponsored by Christian Financial Credit Union.

Rebekah Monroe, CFCU director of marketing and product management, said her organization has had a branch in Sterling Heights for a little over 10 years, and it is about to open its new headquarters in the city “a little after Labor Day,” though an exact date hasn’t been reached.

The credit union sponsored fireworks for Sterling Heights’ 50th anniversary celebration last year, she said.

“It was a great event,” she said. “It was exciting to be a part of it, and that’s part of the reason … we want to continue supporting the city and events that are great for families.”

Monroe said her credit union has been involved in Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department programming for years, adding that it has sponsored the Sterlingfest kids tent before.

“Now that we’re going to be headquartered there, we obviously want to continue our commitment,” she said.

Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Director Kyle Langlois said the Sterlingfest fireworks show should be more visible for people in different areas of the park, despite the trees in the area.

“We expect (the show) to be a little bit bigger than last year, and also as we learned a lot from last year’s show,” he said.

Besides the fireworks, visitors may also visit Restaurant Row, which will be full of meal options; strap into amusement rides; play games; and buy artwork for sale. According to organizers, the event’s street fair arts and craft show will be located near the Upton House.

Among the musical talent this year, the major headliners are the Mega 80’s on Thursday, Sugar Ray on Friday and Motley Crue’s Vince Neil on Saturday.

Vanderpool chimed in with his appreciation for the Mega 80’s band.

“Some of you may have heard them at Music in the Park,” he said. “They’re phenomenal. They draw a huge crowd.”

The Sterlingfest Art and Music Fair will take place July 25-27 by the Richard J. Notte Sterling Heights City Center, 40555 Utica Road in Sterling Heights. Festival hours are 10 a.m.-11 p.m. all three days. Find out more information, including where to park, by visiting www.sterlingfest.info or by calling (586) 446-2470.