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Friday, 29 May, 2009 0:49 AM

Richie McDonald, Emily West to perform at the Swartz Creek Hometown Days

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Emily West performed at the Downtown Hoedown in 2008.

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

SWARTZ CREEK, Mich. -- The Swartz Creek Hometown Days, known as Michigan's fastest-growing festival, is currently underway through Sunday. The festival includes fun for the entire family. Country stars Richie McDonald (formerly of Lonestar) and Emily West will perform on Friday night with a performance by B.J. Thomas on Sunday night. The festival is located in the community of Swartz Creek, a few minutes west of Flint off I-69. Free admission is offered for the festival, however there is a small charge for the entertainment.

The entertainment begins on Friday with Emily West at 7 p.m. and Richie McDonald at 8:30 p.m. It is all being sponsored by Flint's Country Station, B95. The cost is $5 per person and it is only open to those 21 and older. On Saturday, there will be a performance by The Hangers On at 5 p.m. That concert is open to all ages. However, the following concert by Air Margaritaville (a Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band) is only open to those over age 21. The cost for that show is $5 per person. On Sunday, there will be a performance by StillWater at 5 p.m. The headliner is B.J. Thomas, who will come on stage at 5:45 p.m. The cost for that show is $10 for adults, $5 for children aged 6-12 and free for children under age five.

Richie McDonald is best known for being the former lead singer of Lonestar from 1992 until 2007. He co-wrote several of the band's singles. In November 2007, McDonald released a solo Christmas album. He released his first solo country album, I Turn to You, in 2008. McDonald will release another album, Slow Down, later this year on Stroudavarious Records. Look for him to perform his new singles "How Do I Just Stop" and "Six Foot Teddy Bear". Also, you can expect to hear some Lonestar songs.

Emily West was signed to Capitol Records shortly after moving to Nashville. She was a background vocalist on Chely Wright's 2005 album The Metropolitan Hotel. West released a self-titled digital EP on iTunes in 2007. Her first single "Rocks in Her Shoes" broke the top 40 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 2008 and was featured in an issue of People Magazine. Her second single "That Kind of Happy" was just released in April.

A craft show is taking place at Kincaid Park from May 29 - 31. A baby contest is being held to select the cutest babies in the age ranges of newborn to 6 months, 7 months to 12 months, 13 months to 18 months and 19 months to 24 months. The 5th Annual Car Show is scheduled for Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Fortino Drive, across from the U.S. Post Office. There is no entrance fee or pre-registration required. The first 150 entrants will get plaques.

A special fireworks show will take place on Friday just above the Swartz Creek High School at dusk. The popular Swartz Creek Idol contest returns with tryouts on Friday and the final competition taking place on Saturday at 4 p.m. inside the Kidzone tent. The first place winner will take home $75 with second place getting $25 and the third place finisher will receive $20.

The parade is scheduled for Saturday at noon. The parade route begins at the high schools and concludes at St. Mary's Church. A senior tent is also being offered with live music, bingo, board games, line dancing and karate, among other events.

The festival includes a carnival section with many rides. All rides are free on Friday from 6 to 8 a.m. A special $20 wristband is being offered from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and valid from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. The wristband is also available for $20 on Sunday and is valid from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Whispering Pines Animal Kingdom returns with many exotic animals to look at. They will be located during the entire festival inside Kincaid Fields. you'll see an African Spur Thigh Tortoise, a Java Macaque Monkey, a Two-Toed Sloth, African Leopards, African Pygmy Hedgehogs, an African Crested Porcupine, a South American Cougar and a Ringtail Lemur. Pony rides and a petting zoo is also being offered at the festival.

The Sam's Club Pet Adopt-A-Thon is taking place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday inside Kincaid Park. Cats, kittens, dogs and puppies will be available for adoption. All have been vaccinated and most spayed/neutered. A vet tech will be there to answer questions.

Bring non-perishable food items to help out the Swartz Creek Food Pantry. The festival will be collecting canned food and other items during the entire run of the event.

Click here to view a map of the festival and get driving directions.

Related Story: Photos from the 2008 Swartz Creek Hometown Days festival

 

 

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Phil Stacey performed at the Swartz Creek Hometown Days in 2008.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Teens participate in this karaoke video game in 2008.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

The Swartz Creek Idol Contest in 2008.

 

 

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