The Ypsilanti Heritage Festival starts this weekend. The festival opens at noon on Friday and is open until 8p. On Saturday, the festival opens with the parade at 10a and is usually a lot of fun. Make sure to bring a bag because in past years we have received quite a few goodies.
The children's activities kick off in full force at 3p on Friday with the start of the entertainment. Friday will feature performances by Colors the Clown, Erickson Elementary School, Boyer the Magic Guy, and the Lincoln High School Drama Club. Saturday will feature repeat performances by Boyer the Magic Guy and the Lincoln High School Drama Club as well as performances by Gemini, La'Ron Williams, and Lori Fithian "Drumm" beginning at 12:30p. Sunday's children's entertainment tent opens at 12:30 with a repeat performance by Colors the Clown and performances by YAY: Youth Actors of Ypsilanti, The Balloon Meister, and Bev Meyer.
Lincoln High School's Drama Club will be performing "It was a Dark and Stormy Night" and "Pinkalicious". I am guessing that they are doing one show at each of their performances. I have attended performances at the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival and other locations by several of the performers in the past: Colors the Clown and La'Ron Williams. I can highly recommend the entertainment.
Next to the children's entertainment tent is a play area for the kids. In the past this has featured ride on toys, climbing toys, sand table, and other activities for the 2-5 year old. There will also be a free inflatable for children 6 and under. This area is right next to the children's entertainment tent and provides a good escape for a child who gets restless during a show.
The Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan, Ypsilanti District Library, and Ann Arbor Hands On Museum will be sponsoring the children's craft tent. They will be open from 4-7p on Friday, noon-6p on Saturday, and 12:30-4:30p on Sunday. My daughter loves crafts and this tent has always been a big hit for her. Ypsilanti Cooperative Preschool will be providing face painting in the craft tent on Saturday and Sunday from noon-4p.
There will also be a Animal Oasis Mobile Exhibit from 10a-6p on Saturday and 11a-6p on Sunday. The Michigan Black Horsemen Association is sponsoring pony rides. There is also the Running the Rails race on Sunday morning. There is a 5k, 10k, and a 1/2 mile kids race. Sign Up is from 6:30-7:30a on Sunday with the kids race at 7:45a, 10k at 8a, and 5k at 8:15a. Online registration is still available through Friday at 11:59a.
In 2007 the festival featured rides and in 2008 and 2009 there were large inflatables. I did not make the festival last year so I am not sure if the large inflatables were present. I do not find any mention of them this year, so I am not counting on them being there. Of course this is the year my daughter would love them.
There are usually lots of craft stands to walk through and some historic exhibits. There is plenty of food at the festival. We will often attend Friday afternoon with our playgroup sometimes having dinner there. We have also attended the parade on Saturday morning and then attend for a while.