HEIGHTS, Mich. -- The smell of funnel cakes and farm
animals wafted through the air this past weekend at Freedom Hill
as the County Park hosted the annual Stars and Stripes Festival.
free event attracted thousands who came out for music, carnival
rides, fireworks and especially food. Clinton Twp. resident Maria
Ali lead four excited children into the festival on Sunday afternoon.
going to check out the white tigers,” she said. “And
I really want to win the Justin Timberlake Jay-Z tickets they’re
tigers were on display in a tent as part of an exotic animal exhibit.
Less exotic but no less entertaining were the goats and sheep
that wandered around the nearby petting zoo. Children, some hesitant
and some laughing, offered treats to the animals who ate right
out of the kids’ hands.
of vendors and craftspeople set up shop at the festival. Arisia
Ward of Royal Oak offered festival goers a grain of rice personalized
with a name written it.
“I’ve been doing this for twelve years,” Ward
said. “I learned it from a friend.”
writing the person’s name on the grain of rice, Ward then
puts it into a tiny vial. The vial is then attached to a necklace,
bracelet or keychain. “Business has been pretty good,”
was a big part of the weekend’s entertainment, with Randy
Travis, Collective Soul and Puddle of Mudd headlining. Local performers
were included in the lineup too, as rocker Amy Gore and rapper
Hush were the main acts on the local talent stage.
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2009 Stars & Stripes Festival in Downtown Mt. Clemens, MI