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Posted: 07/02/14

First North Macomb Family Fest on July 6

by CHRIS GRAY
Observer Staff Writer

      A new festival is aiming to make a splash this weekend.
       The North Macomb Family Fest and Mustang Car Show will take place 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 6 at Gilcher-Crissman Park, located on 29 Mile Road east of Mound Road in Washington Township.
       Patrick and Lisa Packan, owner of Premier Decor Party Rentals and Construction Contracting, is coordinating and sponsoring the event. He said he wanted to put together a festival that took place at the beginning of summer so families could have an event to enjoy between those like the Peach Festival and Art and Orchard Festival.
       "I'd just seen other people do events, and I was like you know what, in the fall of last year I said `you know, let's do something,'" Patrick said.
       He said an important part of the festival was to give back to the community, so he decided that proceeds from the festival will benefit the Romeo Kids Foundation, a non-profit that aims to build a splash park in the local area.
       "That is going to stay locally and we all benefit from it," he said. "Hopefully we can raise some money to close the gap on what they need."
       Cindy Hook, Romeo Kids Foundation chairwoman, said the organization is grateful to be the beneficiaries of the festival, especially since the event is geared toward families like the splash park will be.
       "It's a scheduled family fun, so it's not like you have to go every week or sign up to be a part of a team, it's spontaneous," she said. "There is not enough of that."
       Hook said the event will definitely benefit the foundation, which is about halfway to its monetary goal for building the splash park.
       One of the main features of the festival is a Mustang Car Show, held in honor of the Mustang turning 50 this year. Fans of the sports car are in for a treat, as the show will feature the new 2015 Ford Mustang.
       The special guest and judge for the event is Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. He will choose a winner for each decade represented at the car show as well as a best in show winner. Patrick said Pericak is something of a celebrity in the Mustang crowd, as he is in charge of developing and manufacturing the iconic car.
       "He'll be out there most of the day mingling with the people," Patrick said. "It's amazing; people get their dashboards or books signed by him."
       The show begins at 1 p.m. with judging at 3:30 p.m. Car show participants pay $15 to enter their vehicle and $20 the day of the event. The first 20 cars entered into the show will receive VIP parking. The show will also feature live music from acoustic duo "Robyn/Ryan."
       Throughout the day the festival will hold various sports contests, including bocce ball, dodge ball and flag football. Registration is required for the tournaments, and can be done before and during the day of the festival. Prices are $20 per bocce team (four people per team) and $50 per dodge ball team (eight to 10 people per team).
       Demonstrations from D-Lux Karate will wow crowds with martial arts feats, while North American Spirit will hold cheering demos for boys and girls ages 4-12. Other activities include a Home Depot builder's workshop, bounce houses, llama and goat rides, bingo, face-painting and concessions.
       Patrick said once the event is done he will evaluate how well it did to determine a return for next summer.
       "It's Fourth of July (weekend), but you know what, you have people who do go away but guess what, you do have people that stay home," he said. "It's a beautiful day, let's go out and do something for a couple of hours."
       He said vendors are still welcome to join the festival by contacting him. Sponsors include Ford Motor Company, Home Depot, Romeo Ford Automotive Dealership, D-Lux Karate, Romeo Dairy Queen, Michigan Youth Flag Football, North American Spirit Cheer, Dolphin Pool and Kona Ice.
       Admission is $5 per person and free for kids ages 2 and under. For more information about the festival or to register, visit http://www.northmacombfamilyfest.com/home.html. For information about the Romeo Kids Foundation, visit http://www.romeokidsfoundation.org.


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