Kourtney Kinaia, of Troy, gets acquainted with farm animals at Troy Family Daze in 2017.

Kourtney Kinaia, of Troy, gets acquainted with farm animals at Troy Family Daze in 2017.

File photo by Sarah Purlee


Thrill rides, food, fireworks to mark the big 5-0 at Troy Family Daze

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published September 10, 2019

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TROY — Troy Family Daze will offer food, fun, entertainment, cultural attractions and midway rides on the grounds of the Troy Civic Center Sept. 12-15.

This marks the festival’s 50th year.

Over 25,000 people have attended the four-day, alcohol-free festival in previous years.

Troy Family Daze is modeled after the city-sponsored Troy Daze Festival, which the city of Troy sponsored in various forms for 42 years. The City Council voted to forgo hosting the popular community event in 2010 due to budget constraints.

The Troy Community Foundation spearheads the all-volunteer effort this year. For the past eight years, the North Woodward Community Foundation, a nonprofit group, has organized the festival.

“This is a great opportunity for our entire community to come together for the common good. Unlike most festivals, we are an alcohol-free festival focused entirely on family-friendly entertainment and events,” Al Lindsey, the chair of the event, said via email.

Doug Tietz, the chair of the Troy Community Foundation, said that in keeping with tradition, the festival will feature food vendors, children’s games, professional wrestling, a petting zoo, pony rides and amusement rides, as well as many special events.

The Troy Community Foundation was formed in 2016 by a group of residents and business owners. According to its website, troycf.org, “The Troy Community Foundation is focused on supporting citizen-driven initiatives that promote the very best in our community.”

Other events at the festival will include a professional fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, International Day performances on Sunday, and magicians and clowns entertaining young people throughout the weekend, Tietz said.

“It’s the best deal you’re going to get for your money,” Tietz said. “All proceeds go back to charitable groups in Troy.”

Tietz explained that in keeping with this year’s health and wellness focus, the Troy Community Lions Club will host a youth vision screening for children as young as 6 months old, CPR training by CPR Saves Lives, and classes on the deployment of naloxone, the reversing agent used to save the lives of individuals overdosing on opioids.

“We want to make sure we have happy and healthy families in Troy,” he said.

For event times and other information, visit troyfamilydaze.org or call (248) 740-7600.

Admission costs $3 for adults and is free for children under 5.

Fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Sept. 14, with a rain date of 8:30 p.m. Sept. 15.

Troy Family Daze will be held at the intersection of Troy Center and Civic Center drives 4-9 p.m. Sept. 12, 4-11 p.m. Sept. 13, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 14 and noon-9 p.m. Sept. 15.

Free parking will be available at Zion Church, 3668 Livernois Road, with free shuttles to the festival.

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