PLYMOUTH, Mich. — The Plymouth Rotary Club’s annual Chicken BBQ was the highlight of Sunday afternoon at the Plymouth Fall Festival. Each year, 10,000 chicken dinners are sold and they run out fast!
The weather was sunny on Friday and Sunday with a few showers on Saturday. Temps reached a balmy 84 degrees on the first day, 77 degrees on the second day and 74 degrees on the final day, which was the coolest of the three-day festival. There was a feeling of fall in the air.
“The chicken is very good, the best I’ve had in years,” said volunteers Macey Guenther and Ronda Osadca from Belleville, Mich. “The cookies were delicious. It’s a pretty impressive set up back there. It is our first time behind-the-scenes too.”
The full meal includes half of a chicken, corn on the cob, a roll with butter, a cookie and a water bottle. All proceeds go to support the Plymouth Rotary Club. Meal tickets were $11 in advance or $13 on site.
“We used to live here for 24 years and now we’re back,” said attendees Janice and Tony Piezii from Walloon Lake, Mich. “We’re back to do the chicken dinner. It’s very, very good. It’s a beautiful day, what more could you ask for? It’s grown since, we haven’t been back in 15 years. The whole town has just gone crazy. There’s more people, the rides are larger. The amount of chicken they cook today has probably doubled in the last 10 years.”
The Fall Festival also featured carnival rides, arts and crafts booths and a kids tent where they could make their own bracelets and necklaces. The Dale Hicks Band, Detroit Soul Revue and Acoustic Madness Band all performed on the entertainment stage throughout the weekend.
“It’s awesome–the chicken is great and the corn is really good,” said attendee Samantha Deneweth from Garden City, Mich. “I didn’t get to the chips yet and the roll, but I’m sure it’s good. It’s way better than KFC or Boston Market. We got ours for free because he works for Serene Surroundings and we got free tickets for it.”
About 50 antique and classic cars were displayed along Forest Street between Ann Arbor Trail and Wing. It was open to all makes, models and years. The car show was sponsored by VFW Post 6695.
“A gentleman I met at the Woodward Dream Cruise built the car and put it together,” said Pete Rankowski, owner of a 1972 Buick Skylark Tribute Car. “I fell in love with the car and we got together and made a deal and it’s a keeper car for me since I’m 75 years old. He actually cried when I picked the car up from him. The car is very unusual. It’s got a Buick 455 [engine], a little over 500 horsepower. The whole car inside is in excellent condition. I’m very proud to drive it. It’s a one-of-a-kind car.”
Sunday afternoon also featured performances by the pom pon teams and cheerleading squads at Canton High School, Plymouth High School and Salem High School. The three schools are part of the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, also known as PCEP.
For more information about the Plymouth Fall Festival, visit www.plymouthfallfestival.com.