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Canton Liberty Fest returns celebrating its 26th Anniversary with three action-packed fun-filled days from Thursday, June 15 through Saturday, June 17 in Canton’s beautiful Heritage Park, adjacent to the Canton Administration Building, located at 1150 S. Canton Center Road, Canton, MI 48188. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, June 15 from 1 p.m. – 11 p.m., Friday, June 16 from 1 p.m. – 11 p.m. and on Saturday, June 17 from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Major sponsors for this annual community event, include: American 1 Credit Union; Atchinson Ford; Community Financial Credit Union; DMC Children’s Hospital; The Goddard School of Early Childhood Development; Motor City MINI; Sysco; Todd Wenzel Automotive; Twisted Rooster; and The Village Dentist.
Area residents are invited to come and enjoy our exciting lineup of carnival rides, games and special attractions. If carnival rides and games are your thing, then we’ve got just what you need in the Family Zone. Purchase a single day wristband in advance and save! Wristbands allow access for one day only onto all the exciting carnival rides without a ticket. Discounted single-day wristbands are now available for $22 and can be used for any full day if purchased at www.cantonlibertyfest.com before June 15, 2017 at Noon. Don’t forget, we have Mega Bands that are good for unlimited rides for all three days for just $60 that can ONLY be purchased online by June 15 at Noon. Online sales require a $.99 per transaction fee. Get your wristbands today online at www.cantonlibertyfest.com before Thursday, June 15 at Noon and save! Wristbands will be available for purchase on-site for $25 on Thursday, $27 on Friday, and $30 on Saturday. All sales are final. For more information, call 734/394-5460.
New This Year! Special sensory hours will be held on Thursday from 1-3 p.m., where carnival rides and Midway games lights and music will be turned off for festival-goers with special needs. Also new this year, the Taste of Liberty Fest and the Adult Beverage Tent will be located near the Amphitheater. Satisfy your taste buds throughout the festival at the Taste of Liberty Fest, sponsored by Twisted Rooster, where participating area restaurants will present their local specialties and compete for bragging rights in a taste contest presided over by Canton Supervisor Pat Williams. This year’s participants include; Cold Stone Creamery; Desi Indian Kulfi; LaShisho Palace; On the Border; Tom+Chee; Twisted Rooster; U.P. Pasties Co.; Wok Asian Bistro; and more. Stop by the Taste of Liberty Fest for signature menu items from these restaurants from 5-10 p.m. on Thursday and 1-10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday – sponsored by Twisted Rooster. On Friday and Saturday from 4 - 11 p.m., a delicious variety of food trucks will be parked near the Amphitheater; the tentative line-up includes: Cosa Sabrosa, Crepe De-Twah, Hero or Villain Van, Marconi’s Pizza, Mito’s Doner, Nu Deli, Pita Cruiser, Salt & Sugar Co., and Streetside Sushi.
On all three days of Liberty Fest, the Canton Rotary Club will be hosting an Adult Beverage Tent, which is sponsored by Liberty Street Brewing Company, on Thursday: 4-10 p.m., Friday: 10 a.m.-11 p.m., and Saturday: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Come cool off with a cold one, near the Amphitheater, where a selection of craft beers and hard ciders will be available. Festival-goers must be 21 years to purchase these adult beverages.
Thursday, June 15 activities and entertainment includes Canton’s annual Zumba Party, which will be held at the Canton LIVE! Stage from 6:30-8:00 p.m. We’ll provide the music and instructors – just come ready to move. This year’s theme is an Hawaiian Luau. Participants are asked to bring a water bottle to keep hydrated during the event. Entry fee is just $5; cash only collected at the event. Power Play Detroit performs at the Heritage Park Amphitheater starting at 7:30 p.m. covering all your favorite hits that the whole family will love.
Friday’s Canton LIVE! Stage highlights include: A special appearance by Captain Barnacles and Kwazii Kitten stars of the television series The Octonauts™ as they explore the ocean in search of adventure and fun! Don’t miss this opportunity to see the underwater duo perform and meet them during special Meet and Greets on Friday, June 16 from 2-7 p.m.; Silver Sounds, featuring jammin’ hits played by our favorite DJ from 7:30-9:00 p.m.; and the Detroit Circus performs amazing feats of strength and acrobatics plus a fabulous fire show from 9-10 p.m.
Friday Amphitheater Stage entertainment will feature: Plymouth-Canton Step Team performing from 2:30-3:00 p.m.; Big Time Cheer, an all-star cheerleading squad performs energetic routines from 3:00-3:30 p.m.; SKULE, an educational non-profit with a mission and acronym to Spread Knowledge Using Lyrics & Entertainment, will perform from 3:30-4:30 p.m.; Seven to Zero, a popular local cover band, hits the stage from 5-7 p.m. just in time for the dinner crowd; and Emerging Soul will play your favorite hits from Etta James to Bruno Mars from 8-10 p.m.
Also on Friday, the Annual Spaghetti Dinner is planned from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., while supplies last, with proceeds from the dinner going to the Canton Firefighter Charity. This annual event is sponsored in part by: Rose’s Restaurant, Sysco Detroit, Mama Mucci’s Pasta, Linde Gas and Absopure. Diners will also enjoy a performance by Taylor Taylor, who will surely entertain audience members with her jazzy pop style guitar sounds and charismatic vocals. Saturday highlights include the 22nd Annual Pancake Breakfast, sponsored by the Canton Lions Club from 7-11:00 a.m. in the Heritage Park North Pavilion. Stop by for a tasty breakfast and make this a Liberty Fest tradition; while supplies.
Canton Leisure Services is again joining forces with Running Fit to host the 6th Annual Liberty Run, including 5K, 10K, and One Mile events. Participants are encouraged to register at www.cantonlibertyrun.com and run, walk, or stroll in these events. Participants will also receive finisher medals, as well as a race T-Shirt. Plus, running theme-awards will be handed out to the best Red, White, Blue, and Sparkling running outfit.
Other Saturday entertainment highlights, include: the International Festival’s cultural performances and displays at the Canton LIVE! Stage from 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., presented by the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts and Heritage, featuring cultures from around the world, such as: Indian, Chinese, Sri Lankan, and more! Boogie Dynomite will perform on the Canton LIVE! Stage from 8-10 p.m., presenting a variety of high-energy retro music. Saturday Amphitheater Stage highlights include: Wine & Canvas, a drop-in paint ‘n pour from 2-4 p.m., where 21 and over participants can enjoy an adult beverage in the beer tent and create a mini-canvas for just $5; Midwest Dueling Pianos will take the stage from 4:00-5:30 p.m., providing a unique brand of interactive entertainment; My Trivia Live will be offered to beer tent guests from 4-6 p.m., where participants can play some trivia with friends while enjoying some of the best music around; Weekend Comeback performs Pop, Rock, Motown, and more from 6:15-7:30 p.m.; and Crush, Detroit’s best Bon Jovi cover band, performs from 8-10 p.m.
Other Festival highlights for Friday and Saturday include: The H20 Zone, which will offer festival-goers a chance to cool off near the Canton LIVE! Stage with fun water attractions from 12-4 p.m. Attention Canton warriors of all ages! Test your Ninja Warrior skills on our Warped Wall and Obstacle Course from 12-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; participants will get three attempts for just $5 per person. Don’t miss a very special festival appearance from one of the stars of NBC’s Hit Show, American Ninja Warrior! Take a Walk on the Wild Side both Friday and Saturday and enjoy a unique wildlife safari experience provided by Oasis Animals. Be sure to check out merchandise from local artisans, crafters, businesses and vendors around the large pond at our Liberty Fest Marketplace on Friday from 4 p.m. to dusk and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to dusk.
Liberty Fest returning favorites include: the Scholastic Book Fair; Kohl’s Cares for Kids Bike Helmet Station; D&M Face-Painting; Lego Station; Spin Art; canoe & kayak rides and more! Finally, be sure to catch the spectacular fireworks show that’s sure to wow the crowds on Saturday at dusk. This year’s Liberty Fest offers a variety of family fun that you won’t want to miss! For more information, visit www.cantonlibertyfest.com or call 734/394-5460.