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Posted: 08/28/13

Peach Festival features
new breakfast, classic fun

Observer Staff Writer
      The festival celebrating the fuzziest fruit around is coming back to Romeo this Labor Day weekend for its 82nd go-around.
       The 2013 Michigan Peach Festival runs Aug. 29 through Sept. 2 and is loaded with old and new attractions for all ages to enjoy as they cap off the summer season.
       The festival started in 1931 and has run consecutively with the exception of 1943 to 1945 for World War II. The festival's goal was to bring people from urban and rural areas together, and now doubles as the main fundraiser for the Romeo Lions Club.
       "It's almost like a freight train, it's going, we can't stop it," said Peach Festival Committee President Gary Schocke. "All we really need is weather."
       New this year is the farmer's breakfast, taking place 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1 at the Capital Banquet Center on 31 Mile Road.
       The morning event replaces the fly-in breakfast at the Romeo State Airport. Schocke said the airport plans to tear down the hangar that houses the breakfast, causing coordinators to seek a different venue for an event that draws in 1,500 people.
       "It's a shame, I think the fly-in was a great event, people liked it, but it is no more," he said.
       Betty Bucsek, chairperson for the farmer's breakfast, said the all-you-can-eat meal includes scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, sweet rolls, pancakes and drinks. Tickets are $7 and are available for pre-sale and at the door.
       The breakfast begins with a flag-raising ceremony held by the VFW Post #2052. Law enforcement, charities and local politicians will participate in the breakfast, and the Michigan Vietnam Veteran Traveling Memorial Wall will be on display.
       "We've got a lot of people participating," Bucsek said.
       Traditional attractions like the refreshment tent, car show, North American Midway Carnival and sports tournaments return throughout the weekend, with the 22nd Annual 5K/10K run kicking off the festival on Thursday.
       The Croswell Extravaganza is back for its third year as the official craft show, and business expo at the Croswell Center.
       Lynne Walker, the craft show coordinator, said the event has more than 100 vendors signed up and typically draws in thousands of people.
       "All the proceeds that generate from this show goes directly back into the community," Walker said.
       Other craft shows include the 27th Annual Fine Art and Craft Show held by Artistic Reflections at Amanda Moore Elementary as well as the Frontier Town Art and Craft Show on Van Dyke.
       KidsFest 2013 will start off Saturday's events with free children's games and contests along with a petting zoo, crafts and moonwalk.
       Sunday night features the eccentric yet beloved bed races, charity car cruise and Mummer's Parade. Festival-goers can watch homemade beds on wheels, classic and crazy cars and light-up floats while on Main Street.
       A free shuttle service is available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Locations include the BP gas station, Croswell Center, Frontier Town, Ford Engine Plant and the Capital Banquet Center.
       Labor Day begins with the children's parade, with this year's theme of "Superheroes and Villains." Coordinators Sally and Peter Orlando said last year saw 35 group entries, and hope more will sign up early to take part.
       "It's fun because the kids get to walk their dog or ride their bicycle," Sally said. "Floats are more than welcome."
       The main event of the festival is the floral parade, set for 1:30 p.m. on Monday. The parade costs the Peach Festival Committee anywhere from $17,000 to $20,000.
       Grace Venet, special events assistant with R-W-B Parks and Recreation, said the parade is expected to have about 125 entries this year, including marching bands, the peach queen, military, businesses, politicians and more.
       "There are still people calling and submitting their applications," she said.
       Anyone setting up to watch parades cannot use stakes or tape off areas for seating until 6 a.m. the day of the parade. All parades held on Monday will be broadcast live by WBRW TV and Michigan Community Media.
       Further festival information can be found by calling the Greater Romeo-Washington Chamber of Commerce at (586) 752-4436 or Parks and Recreation at (586) 752-6543, or at
       Below is a list of events taking place during the Peach Festival:

Beers Around the World

       Beers Around the World will be available 6 p.m.-midnight, Thursday; 6 p.m.-1 a.m., Friday; noon-1 a.m., Saturday and Sunday, at the Lions Community Field. (586) 752-2553 or 752-4436.   
Refreshment Tent

       A refreshment tent will be available at the Lions Community Field 6 p.m.-midnight, Thursday; 6 p.m.-1 a.m., Friday; noon-1 a.m., Saturday and Sunday and noon-midnight, Monday. (586) 752-2553 or 752-4436.    

St. Clement Church

       K of C #7018 pasta dinner, 4-8 p.m., Friday. St. Clement Church, 343 S. Main. (586) 752-9735.
VFW Post 2052

       Steak Out dinner, 4-8 p.m., Saturday. The post is located at 70455 McVicar Road, Romeo. Call (586) 718-8629 for information.      
First Congregational Church

       Sloppy joes, hot dogs, Italian sausage, peach sundaes and more, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday, 102 Church Street. (586) 752-3661. 
Capital Banquet Center

       Peach Festival Farmer's Breakfast, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday, 12350 31 Mile Road. Free parking. (586) 752-6655 or (586) 336-4949.
Pamela's Catering

       Ribs, sandwiches, deep fried peach pies and deep fried peach cheese cake, 4-9 p.m., Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday. Located at 221-1/2 N. Bailey, next to Uptown. (586) 752-7782.
River of God

       River of God Cafe, 4-10 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday; noon-10 p.m., Sunday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday. River of God Community Church, 230 E. St. Clair. (586) 752-2998.      
Mike & Ruth's Hilltop Farm

       Homemade peach pies from scratch, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, Sunday and Monday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday. Located in front of FirstMerit Bank (Citizens), downtown Romeo. (810) 343-3759.
Buffalo Wild Wings

       Food concession, 4 p.m., Thursday, 4-9 p.m., Friday, noon-8 p.m., Saturday, noon Sunday and Monday, in Lion's beer pavilion. (586) 677-9932. 

Lions Community Field

       DJ music 6 p.m.-midnight, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, noon-midnight, Monday; and live band 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Friday, Saturday, Sunday at the Lions Community Field. (586) 752-2553 or 752-4436.
Romeo Village Park

       Macomb Children's Chorus, 11:30 a.m., Saturday. (586) 752-6543.
First Congregational Church

       Men of Grace concert, 10 a.m., Sunday at the church located at 102 Church Street. (586) 752-3661.
Art Shows

Artistic Reflections

       27th Annual Fine Arts & Crafts, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at Amanda Moore school and field, 209 Dickenson. (586) 752-4249.      
Croswell Extravaganza

       Craft show and business expo, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday and Monday, at Croswell Elementary School and field. (586) 752-6543.
Frontier Town Arts and Craft Show

       The show will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Monday, at Frontier Town, 67300 Van Dyke. (586) 752-6260.

22nd Annual 5K/10KRunning Race/5K Walk

       The 10K run will start at 6:45 p.m. and the 5K run at 6:50 p.m.. The 5K walk will begin at 6:55 p.m., at Romeo High School on 32 Mile Road. Registration for the Fun Run will be 4:45 p.m.
Peach Festival Tennis Tournaments

       Tournaments will be held 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and Monday, at Romeo High School and other high school tennis courts. E-mail             
Peach Festival Classic Golf Outing

       The Golf Classic will be held 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, at Bruce Hills Golf Club, 6771 Taft Road. (586) 752-7244.
R-W-B Men's Softball Tournament

       The softball tournament will be held 8 a.m.-dusk, Saturday and Sunday, at Crystal Diamonds field. (586) 752-6543.   

48th Annual Baby & Pet Photo Contest

       Voting for the Kiwanis of Romeo contest will be at 131 S. Main Street, noon-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday, noon-9 p.m., Sunday, with viewing only on Monday. (586) 336-0800.
Carnival Rides

       North American Midway carnival rides will be available 4-10 p.m., Thursday; 4-11 p.m., Friday, noon-11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, and noon-10 p.m., Monday, at the Lions field.
Lions Las Vegas Games

       Armada Lions Club will sponsor the games, 6:30-11 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 3-11 p.m., Sunday; and 3-9 p.m., Monday, at the Romeo Lions Clubhouse. (586) 752-2553 or 752-4436.
AAUW Used Book Sale

       The Romeo AAUW will hold a book sale 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday-Monday, at the Romeo Community Center, 361 Morton Street. (586) 336-0152.
Festival of Cars Show

       The car show will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, at the Romeo Ford Engine Plant, 701 E. 32 Mile Road. Registration will be 7:30-11 a.m. (586) 747-1871.
Lions Car Show & Charity Cruise

       The cars will leave the former Romeo K-Mart at 7 p.m., Sunday, and cruise Main Street. (586) 747-1871.
Bed Races

       "Tooth Fairy" is this year's theme. Races will be at 7 p.m., Sunday, on Main Street starting at Newberry and ending at Washington. (586) 752-7534.
Romeo Lions Car Show & Charity Cruise

       The cruise will be on Main Street at 7:30 p.m. (586) 747-1871.
Night Parade

       "Tooth Fairy" is this year's theme. The annual Night Parade (Mummer's Parade) will be 8 p.m., Sunday on Main Street, beginning at Pleasant and ending at Hollister. (586) 752-7534.
Children's Parade

       The parade "Super Heroes and Villians" will be at 10 a.m., Monday, on Main Street, beginning at Hollister and ending at Washington. Broadcast will be at noon on WBRW Channel 6. (586) 752-2822.
Floral Parade

       The parade will be at 1:30 p.m., Monday, on Main Street, beginning at Minot and ending at Durham. (586) 752-6543. Broadcast will be at 4 p.m. on WBRW Channel 6.

       A fun free day geared for children 14 and under will be held 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Romeo Village Park on Rawles Street. (586) 752-6543.

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