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Posted: 05/15/13

Romeo keeps its 175th
party going on May 18

Observer Staff Writer

      Part two of the party for Romeo's birthday continues this month with music, food, fun and lasers.
       The Village of Romeo is celebrating its dodransbicentennial with a free "175th Anniversary Jubilee" from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in downtown Romeo on May 18.
       The actual 175th anniversary of Romeo becoming a village took place on March 9, where an Open House and ball at the Romeo Masonic Temple marked the occasion.
       Sara Murray, co-chairperson for the 175th Anniversary Committee, said the March 9 event was more of a localized commemoration, but the committee wanted another event that all could enjoy to celebrate Romeo's past, present and future.
       "This is just another avenue to help draw people in to see what a great place it is to shop and live," she said. "It offers so many things, so we want to have them come back and say `this really is a nice place.'"
       The committee has worked for a year to plan the festivities. Kim Hale, committee co-chairperson, said the top goal was to put on a party for Romeo and keep it as free or as low-cost as possible to those that attend.
       "We couldn't be more excited with the way things have turned out," Hale said. "A lot of that had to do with how the community came out and supported us."
       Only a select number of activities and items will cost patrons, like face-painting, food, beverages and shopping from more than 50 vendors. Other attractions include food trucks and a beer and wine tent. Hale said some of the activities and vendors are promoting fundraisers and non-profits.
       The bulk of the day's events will cost nothing to enjoy, most notably the musical entertainment scheduled throughout the day. Bands like the Two Talls, Austin Scott with the Detroit Cowboy Association and the Rusty Wright Band will perform on a stage in downtown that Hale compares to those seen at rock concerts.
       "The caliber of the stage, talent and sound equipment, it's going to be major-league stuff," Hale said.
       Families can also check out the "Kids' Zone" on Main Street from Church Street to Newberry Road. Kids can enjoy a bounce house, old-fashioned games, arts and crafts, balloons and a petting zoo.
       Other free attractions include Civil War re-enactors, a vintage car show with 40 vehicles, located at Main Street north of St. Clair from Rawles Street to Bailey Street.
       "There is something for literally everyone," Murray said.
       The jubilee's finale will be a laser light show at the Romeo Lions Field. Gates will open at 7 p.m., with food trucks heading down to provide snacks. The family-friendly event is produced by Lasersmith Light Show Systems of Las Vegas and will begin at dusk.
       Families are invited to bring picnics, blankets and lawn chairs and claim a spot to enjoy the show. Alcohol will not be permitted.
       "I'm so excited to see how it turns out," Hale said. "I think it's going to be fantastic."
       The coordinators acknowledged the help of local entities including churches, the Romeo Kiwanis, the Lions Club, A Beautiful Me, the Romeo Downtown Development Authority, the Village of Romeo, the Greater Romeo-Washington Chamber of Commerce, the RWB Parks and Recreation and Romeo Community Schools.
       "It's phenomenal the support we got from our sponsors and the community," Murray said. "We made our goal, which was to put this on for free."
       For more information, call (586) 531-5926 or visit

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