SWARTZ CREEK — After a couple of rough years in a row, the Hometown Days Committee is looking forward to bringing the festival fun back to the community this year.
“It’s exciting,” said committee Chairman Brenda Huyck. “Our first, ultimate concern is keeping everyone safe. We will have hand sanitizer stations, extra water stations, and every tent will have sanitizing wipes and sanitizer. We will also have masks.
“But our community needs this, it needs something positive. People need to see the smiles on the kids’ faces, to bring back some happiness.”
In 2019, the committee struggled to rebound from severe weather that prompted an evacuation and flooding of the festival grounds, and temporary closures. Last year, the COVID- 19 pandemic forced the cancelation of all events.
But now Hometown Days is back, although regular festival-goers will notice a few changes.
The big three attractions – the carnival, fireworks and parade – will take place.
Sponsored by Arnold Amusements, Inc., and Randy Wise Automotive Team, the carnival will offer 22 rides from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 3, from noon to 11 p.m. Friday, June 4, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 5, and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 6.
Pay-one-price, wristbands and individual ticket sales are available. Check the Hometown Days website, swartzcreekhometowndays.org, for details.
Shea Automotive Group will sponsor the fireworks at dusk Friday, June 4, with the rain date set for Saturday.
The parade, again sponsored by Sharp Funeral Homes, will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 5, from the high school.
This year, there will be no community tent, but there will be a Variety Tent with pet adoptions, kids’ games and bingo. The Swartz Creek Idol contest and baby contest will take place in the entertainment tent.
There will be no free-ride morning or free pancake breakfast, or Special Day for Special Needs due to the safety guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control in April.
The car show also will not take place this year.
One new attraction that the committee is excited to bring to Swartz Creek is the traveling Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall. PFCU provided sponsorship for the wall.
Dort Financial Credit Union is sponsoring the Entertainment Tent, where there is a full line-up of musicians scheduled. Performers include Shiatown, Peacemaker, Iron Snake, Russell Wayne, Avalon Black and Fallback and more. Barley & Vine will host a craft beer and wine tasting, as well. For additional details, check the Hometown Days website.
Additional attractions include the Expo Tent, the Ag Tent, the petting zoo and disc golf.
There will be no big shows this year.
Parking is available at the plaza where Rite- Aid is located on the northwest corner of Miller and Seymour roads. A free MTA shuttle will take people to the festival grounds.
Morrish Road, Holland Drive and a portion of Ingalls Street will be shut down at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 1, and will re-open Monday, June 7.