One of the biggest summer festivals in the Aval region is back with concerts, fireworks and a carnival.
The Taylor Summer Festival takes place June 23-26 at Heritage Park.
A large carnival, sponsored by Meijer, will be presented inside the park throughout the festival.
Two evenings of musical entertainment will be highlighted by well-known rockers, as well as a country-pop singer and songwriter.
Stephen Pearcy, the voice of Ratt, and Slaughter will perform live on June 24. Dylan Scott, along with local guests Cody Boggs and The Family Tradition Band, will perform on June 25.
As the founder, vocalist and songwriter of the metal rock band Ratt, Pearcy is credited with pioneering the early ’80s rock scene on the Sunset Strip. During nearly four decades of success with Pearcy at the helm, Ratt has released eight albums and played thousands of shows worldwide, while selling over 20 million records. Ratt is best known for “Round and Round”, “Lay It Down”, and “You’re In Love”.
Slaughter hit the radio, MTV and the American touring circuit like a tornado – seemingly coming out of nowhere to smash through everything in his path and knock him down. They are best known for their hits, “Fly to the Angels” and “Up All Night”.
Eva Under Fire are local rockers who have toured across the country and will be stopping at home to open Friday night’s concert. The show’s promoter says the band brings an entertaining new setlist of pop, rock, alternative and metal sounds, sprinkled with punk and complemented by powerful lead vocals.
On Saturday, Scott will headline an evening of country music with his platinum-certified double “My Girl,” which became his first number 1 on the radio, followed by the platinum Top 5 single, “Hooked,” then his last number 1, the “Nobody” certified gold.
Ticket prices for each concert are $20 in advance and $25 at the door (featured stage/front seats); and $10 in advance and $15 at the door for general admission and standing room only. Advance tickets are available online at taylorfestival.com.
As for Carnival, those planning to attend can save up to $7 on unlimited Carnival Wristbands at taylorfestival.com. Wristbands can be purchased in advance, until midnight June 22, for $18. The discount is valid for Thursday, Friday and Sunday, but is not valid on Saturday. Anyone 17 or under must be accompanied by an adult.
Parking will be located inside and outside of Heritage Park, located on North Line Road between Telegraph and Allen Roads. The cost of parking is $10.
The official festival parking lot will be located at the south end of the park (North Line entrance) and at the Wayne County Community College District Downstream Campus. Other paying private car parks will be available nearby.
Festival-goers should note that Pardee Road will be closed between North Line and Goddard from 7 p.m. on June 25. All side streets feeding into Pardee Road will also be closed.
Only residential traffic will be allowed through the barricades and drivers will be required to show proof of residency.
Recoil Firearms’ Taylor Summer Festival Fireworks are scheduled for 10 p.m. on June 25. If the weather postpones the Saturday evening fireworks, they will take place around 10 p.m. on June 26.
The Taylor Summer Festival is presented by the City of Taylor and 360 Event Productions. Festival sponsors include Recoil Firearms, Meijer, Wallside Windows, AJ’s Asphalt, UAW Region 1-A, Faygo, Busch Light, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Wiseman Bourbon. Visit taylorfestival.com for more information.