Rochester Heritage Days Festival 2014
Greater Rochester Heritage Days Festival 2014 will take place this Memorial Day weekend, Saturday May 24 from 10-6 and Sunday May 25 from 10-5. The Rochester Heritage Days festival takes place in the scenic Municipal Park in downtown Rochester. Greater Rochester Heritage Days is put on by a volunteer committee and serves to expose people to the fascinating history of our area and benefits numerous Rochester area nonprofits.
2014 Rochester Heritage Days Festival Events and Activities Include:
- Lumberjack Shows
- Civil War Encampment
- Historical Display
- Craft Show
- Live Animals
- Car Shows
- Pioneer Homestead & Playground
- Food Vendors
The festival opens on Saturday, May 24 at 10 a.m. and coincides with the City of Rochester’s official dedication of the new band shell in the Rochester Municipal Park. The North Oakland Dixieland Band will perform for the festival opening and band shell dedication from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
The popular and comical “Great Lakes Timber Show”, featuring Bruce Belanger of Escanaba, Michigan, headlines the festival’s entertainment offerings. This exciting lumberjack exhibition returns for its third year at the festival and will feature logrolling, ax throwing, and chainsaw carving during several performances each day.
Classic car aficionados will enjoy the always popular Rochester Lions Club classic car show which features the Heritage Rod and Custom Car Festival on Saturday and the 35th annual Festival of Cars on Sunday. Trophies will be awarded to custom cars, hot rods, street rods, corvettes, pre-1950 classics, sports cars and more on Saturday. On Sunday, trophies will be awarded in 18 classes for original cars, trucks, commercial vehicles, motorcycles, 4 x 4’s, and more. All proceeds from the Rochester Lions Club car festivals will benefit the Leader Dogs for the Blind and other Lions club charities. Both shows are limited to cars from 1989 and older. To show a car you must pre-register by May 21 and pay a registration fee of $20 per car.
Children and families will have a grand time at the Pioneer Playground where they can play old-fashioned games and participate in fun activities such as bean bag toss, walking on wooden stilts, gourd bowling and more. Kids will also enjoy camel rides and a petting zoo on both days of the festival.
Dinosaur Hill’s “Crafts Along the Creek” returns with dozens of vetted local artists and a variety of hand-crafted items ranging from jewelry and photography to children’s clothing and garden decorations.
The festival’s Heritage Area will include numerous exhibits from the Rochester-Avon Historical Society, the Oakland Township Historical Society, and the local chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution. There will also be demonstrators in chair caning, tatting, rug hooking, wheel-spinning, and quilting.
Additional festival highlights include many food choices, vintage tractor displays, fire-truck demonstrations with the Rochester Fire Department, the Tenth Michigan Infantry Civil War re-enactors and encampment, the Rochester Hills Public Library’s Bookmobile, and more.
For more information on 2014 Greater Rochester Heritage Days, call 248-656-0999 or visit http://www.dinosaurhill.org/HeritageDays2014
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