FLUSHING — After being sidelined by COVID-19 in 2020, the Flushing Summer Festival is set to make an exciting return this summer with carnival rides, live music and a bundle of family activities.
Summerfest, presented by the Flushing Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held from June 9-13 in downtown Flushing. Festivities will start with the traditional Summerfest Parade on June 9 at 7 p.m. and wrap up around 6 p.m. on June 13.
As part of this year’s Festival of Music theme, Summerfest will feature several musical and entertainment acts at the Riverview Park Bandshell. Christian rock group 1 Fifty will perform on June 11 at 6 p.m., followed by local rock band Flea Flicker at 7:30 p.m. (*due to a misprint, the Flushing Chamber’s Summerfest brochure lists 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. as the times for the performances). June 12 will feature the Magic & Escapes magic show at the Bandshell at 5 p.m. and music/ artistic group Empty Canvas at 7:30 p.m.
The Skerbeck Family Carnival will also be back at Riverview Park starting June 9. Carnival ride pre-sale wristband vouchers can be purchased ahead of time at the Flushing Area Chamber of Commerce office for $20 or online at flushingchamber.com. Daily ride wristbands will be available during Summerfest for $25.
Summerfest will present Kid’s Day activities on June 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Riverview Park, featuring games for kids; Rosco the Clown; Princess and Friends; Kid’s Yoga; Storytime & Book Giveaway presented by the GFWC Flushing Women’s Club and the Rotary Club of Flushing; and a Safety Clinic presented by the Flushing City Police Department. There will also be barrel train rides, KidSight Vision Screening and kid’s activities at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church.
Other Bandshell events on June 10 include a Gym for Her demonstration at 6 p.m. and performances from Judy’s School of Dance at 7 p.m. and MGM Dance at 8 p.m.
Summerfest will wrap up on June 13 with the EAA 77 Annual Pancake Breakfast at Dalton Airport from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Sunrise Yoga presented by Primary Prevention Physiotherapy at 9 a.m.; and Church at the Park (Riverview Bandshell) presented by Mayfair Bible Church at 10:30 a.m.
Susan Little, Executive Director for the Flushing Area Chamber of Commerce, said that residents and area businesses are eagerly awaiting the return of Summerfest, one of Flushing’s longest-running traditions.
“People around town are excited and anxious to get back to some type of normalcy,” she said, “It’s just refreshing to have the opportunity to watch families enjoy themselves and have fun outside with events again.”
Although the state is expected to lift capacity restrictions on outdoor events starting June 1, Little said that Summerfest organizers and Skerbeck Family Carnival will still be following COVID-19/social distancing guidelines from the CDC and the Genesee County Health Department and are asking patrons to take precautions to the best of their abilities.
Summerfest brochures are available at the Flushing Area Chamber of Commerce office on 105 E. Main Street, Bueche’s Food World and several downtown Flushing businesses. To see updates on Summerfest, visit the Flushing Area Chamber of Commerce website.