Troy Family Daze features four days of fun

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published September 7, 2011


Troy Family Daze, modeled after the city-sponsored Troy Daze festival, will offer games, entertainment, midway rides, fireworks and fun in a different spot from where the city-run festival was held.

Zion Christian Church, on Livernois, will host the four-day festival.

The North Woodward Community Foundation, a nonprofit group, will fund the festival. Tom Kaszubski, executive director of the North Woodward Community Foundation, said any net profits will go back to the community through grants and community projects.

The city of Troy sponsored Troy Daze in various forms for 41 years, but the City Council voted to cancel the festival in April of last year due to budget constraints.

“Zion’s location is very accessible and was a great fit for the festival,” Tom Kaszubski said. “We’re glad to partner with them to bring this great community event back.”

The festival’s family focus was also a great fit for Zion Christian Church, according to Senior Pastor Scott Lelacheur.

“Zion has participated in the festival for many years, so we’re very glad to be able to step up our involvement and provide the location for Troy Family Daze,” Lelacheur said.

The festival features food, entertainment acts, bands, theater groups, square dancing, laser tag, clown performers, balloon animals, children’s games, parent/youth contests, children’s story time, carnival rides and a fireworks display on Saturday evening, Sept. 17.

Roop Raj, Fox 2 TV news anchor, will host an opening ceremony Sept. 16.

On the morning and early afternoon of Sept. 15, prior to opening to the public, the festival will sponsor lunch and free rides for special needs children.

Zion Christian Church is located at 3668 Livernois, south of Wattles. The cost for admission to Troy Family Daze will be $2 per person. Ride bracelets will cost $20 on Friday and Sunday, and $25 on Saturday. Single ride tickets will also be available.

Festival hours will be 4-9 p.m. Sept. 15, 4-11 p.m. Sept. 16, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 17, and 1-9 p.m. Sept. 18, with a pancake breakfast 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. that day. Parking is free at the lots adjoining the church, with overflow parking served by shuttles at the adjacent Walsh College lots and at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, on Wattles. For information about the festival and special coupons for rides on Sept. 15, visit or call (248) 740-7600.