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Posted: 08/28/13

Farmer's Breakfast gets
new venue, several events

by DEBI MARTONE
Observer Special Writer

      After a 15-year run as a festival favorite, the Peach Festival Fly-in and Farmer's Breakfast has been discontinued. However, the Romeo Lions Club is replacing the event at a new venue where they will put an emphasis on honoring our armed forces.
       The Peach Festival Farmer's Breakfast will now take place at the Capital Banquet Center, located at 12350 31 Mile Road, just east of Van Dyke.
       Beginning at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1, local and county dignitaries, such as County Executive Mark Hackel and Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, will begin serving traditional favorite breakfast items, such as scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage and toast. Chef John, owner of Capital Banquet Center, and his staff will prepare the food which Betty Bucsek, a Romeo Lion and co-chair of the event, said will also include the chef's homemade sweet rolls.
       "I hear they are delicious," Bucsek said.
       Besides enjoying an all-you-can-eat breakfast, several things to see and do will be included in the event. Members of Romeo's Striber-McVicar VFW Post 2052 will conduct a flag raising ceremony at 8 a.m. in front of the banquet hall. The Michigan Vietnam Veterans Traveling Memorial will be on display throughout the breakfast inside as well as a large display of Lions Club memorabilia.
       Free eye testing will be offered for kids aged 6 months to 5 years through the Lions Club Project Kidsight. The Leader Dogs for the Blind will have puppies and their trainers on hand and the Romeo Post Office will be offering a special stamp cancellation at the banquet hall.
       The Macomb County Sheriff's Department will show off their mounted, marine, motorcycle and bicycle divisions while members of Wertz Warriors will display the vehicles they use to raise money for the Special Olympics.
       Teenagers from the Civil Air Patrol and the Romeo High School Byting Bulldogs Robotics team will also have displays set up in the banquet hall's pear grove.
       "So far participation has been easy to get," Bucsek said. "I figure the more there is to see, the more the public will be aware of the different things going on."
       The cost for breakfast is $7 and free for kids aged 4 years old and younger. The breakfast location will be a stop on the shuttle bus route, which includes a ride to and from the car show. The event concludes at 1 p.m.


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