The familiar sights and sounds that make a local festival part of the fabric of the Romeo community will return for the 88th annual Romeo Peach Festival this weekend.
The only change for the festival this year, which kicks off today and runs through Sept. 2, will be the shift in the location of the craft festival.
The show had been split between its usual location at Croswell Elementary School and at Frontier Town on Van Dyke, but will return to its former site in order to bring everyone together back at Croswell Elementary.
The fireworks show that was added last year will stay at Crystal Diamonds fields off of 33 Mile Road near the 32nd District Court and will go off at 9:30. Gates will open at 6:30 and admission is free.
Festival President Gary Schoke said preparations for this year’s event have gone smoothly and he is looking for another successful year.
“We are hoping for what we always hope for, good weather and a great turnout,” he said. “We have been very fortunate the past few years and things are on track to stay that way in 2019.”
There will be a pasta dinner served at the Knights of Columbus Hall from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday night, as well as a free mini tractor pull competition at Westview Orchards from 6 to 9 p.m on Friday and Saturday night.
KidsFest, which will include a Detroit Institute of Arts Art-making workshop, will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Romeo Village Park.
On Sunday Sept. 1 at the Romeo Lions Den Clubhouse (Dan Phillips Pavilion) the all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to noon. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
A free shuttle will be available to take people to the Peach Festival Classic Car show that will also take place that morning.
Car Show and Charity Cruise Organizer Stanley Kwolek said over 200 entrants came out for last year’s show held at the Romeo Ford Engine Plant.
Local business owner Bill Miller will again be creating the handmade trophies in a variety of categories.
“We always have a great turnout for the show and it has just been getting bigger and bigger each year,” said Kwolek.
The main events on opening day will be the annual Peach Festival 10K/5K races and 5K walk and the opening of the Mid-America Shows carnival midway.
The races are set to start out at Romeo High School at 6:45 p.m. and finish at the Romeo Community Center on Morton Street.
Ray Nightingale will be the Grand Marshal of the Labor Day parade set to go off at 1:30 on Monday in downtown Romeo.
Nightingale is the longest serving member of the Romeo Lions Club having been with them for 40 years. After opening Nightingale Goodyear in 1975, he retired in 2003 and has been working for Star Transportation in Bruce Township transporting seniors and disabled residents.
The parade will hold be staging at 33 Mile and Van Dyke before going off on Turner Street and ending at Durham Street.
Isabel Wallace will be the 2019 Peach Queen. She is a 2018 graduate of Eisenhower High School where she was an Honor Society member and Captain of the golf team and is currently a student at Michigan State University where she is double majoring in Marketing and Advertising. The daughter of Michael and Amy Wallace, she is joined on court by Brittany Ladson.
Lil’ Miss Peach Blossom is Abigayle Deskins, 4, and Mr. Peachy King is Blake Goike, 4.
Schocke is expecting over 200,000 people to come to the festival this weekend and is ready for whatever may happen.
“We are as prepared as we can be knowing how this festival takes over the village, but we are looking forward to another great year.”
For a complete listing of events and maps go to romeopeachfestival.com.