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Saline Summerfest Festival

Take a trolley ride tour of this Washtenaw County city's historic sites, play a real-life game of Clue and enjoy lots more family fun at the Aug. 10-11, 2012 event

It's one super hometown celebration – and it's filled to the gills with family fun! For over 20 years, Saline Summerfest has welcomed thousands of southeast Michigan folks to this free extravaganza featuring food, music, art, historic trolley tours, a 5K and lots more. The event returns Aug. 10-11, 2012.

Hours for the 2012 Saline Summerfest are:

  • Friday: 5-11 p.m.
  • Saturday: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

Let's start with art. The fourth annual Saline Summerfest Art & Craft Show features 36 vendors with a little something for everyone in the family – from embellished purses and jewelry to doll clothes, caricatures (Friday only) and even kaleidoscopes. This outdoor show is open 5-9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday.

A few other featured artists include Laura Wyandt with knit and crochet baby and toddler items, wood toy crafter Jim Turbyville and Christine Chevalier, who sells dog collars and leashes. Also, Jody Nycz will have glass beads for sale to adorn charm bracelets, among other things.

Got kids ages 2-8? On Saturday, you won't want to miss the Summerfest Family Fun at Historic Union School. For a mere $4 wristband, tykes get access to ladder ball and baggo games, watermelon (1 p.m.) and egg toss (1:30 p.m.) contests, a putting green, bean bag toss, inflatable obstacle course and more. And be sure to join-in the returning tricycle races at 4:30 p.m. for kids – and adults!

And teens, get a break from your parents and head to the free teen block party, happening 8-11 p.m. Saturday. The shebang is free and for kids in grades 6-12. Enjoy music, games and even grab a bite to eat. No admission required.

For the whole family, play detective in Mystery at Paradise Resort – a real-life Clue game. Help solve the puzzle over at the Saline Parks and Recreation Aquatic Center for just $12 per person.

If you're feeling energized, get up early on Saturday and run or walk in the 5K event. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. at city hall.

Can you get down – without touching the ground? Well, start stretching your back now – because the limbo contest will put you to the test! The showdown happens 9:10-9:30 p.m. Friday.

There are a few features just for adults, too. Casino Night features a blackjack challenge and chance to earn great prizes. Press your luck Saturday from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Advance tickets are available for $10, which equals $100 dollars of play money – and all proceeds go toward Saline High School Rotary scholarships. A beer and wine tent is available Friday and Saturday, as well.

Both days also offer plenty of entertainment. On Friday, jam with the Dan Rafferty Band and, on Saturday, rock out with 56 Daze (both play 8-11 p.m. slots). Other live Saturday acts include Flyte (12:30-2 p.m.), blues band Jerry Mack and the Terraplanes (2-3 and 6-7 p.m.), Fiddlers Restrung (4-5 p.m.) and The Von Zippers (7-8 p.m.).

Dance studios from the area also display the hard work of their young students, while the 5th Corner Youth Bands show off kids' instrumental talent, too.

See the Metro Parent listing for more on the 2012 Saline Summerfest.

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