Uncle Sam Jam in Woodhaven
Bring the whole family for a free weekend of live entertainment, fireworks and a laser show at this cool downriver event, happening July 13-15, 2012
With over 30 rides – including a water slide and roller coaster – there's a thrill for everyone in the family at the Uncle Sam Jam in Woodhaven. Loads of live tunes will fill once again fill their ears of 50,000 folks expected to turn out at Civic Center Park July 13-15, 2012.
At a glance, this year's festival will run the following times:
- Friday: 4 p.m.-midnight
- Saturday: 11 a.m.-midnight
- Sunday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Music definitely rules at this fest. There will be a minimum of six performances daily. On Friday, catch the rock sounds of by Great White and Detroit KISS tribute War Machine. On Saturday, catch Night Ranger and AC/DC cover band Bon Fired Up. And on Sunday, Junction Groove and Rod Stewart tribute Danny D will have the audience on their feet.
If you're here for the tunes, consider VIP tickets, available for two performances on Friday and Saturday for $25 per day. These folks get premium seating and access to private restrooms and a private bar. The VIP area opens one hour before the first VIP performance of the day.
Live entertainment hours of operation are:
- Friday: 4-11:45 p.m.
- Saturday: 3-11:45 p.m.
- Sunday: 1:30-9:30 p.m.
Who says you have to conclude an event with fireworks? Uncle Sam Jam kicks off the weekend with a dazzling sky show instead, at 10 p.m. Friday.
Plus, new to the 2012 jam is ITC Laser Spectacular. The bright lights will wow the audience as creations form in front of their eyes.
Be sure to monkey around with Bobo and Giligan T., the mini monkey "jockeys" of the popular Banana Derby. Dogs take on the role of horses as these little guys keep them in line. There are multiple show times: 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. On Friday, there are only two performances – at 5 and 7 p.m.
Micro Stock Car Racing gives racecar lovers a sweet substitute for getting behind the wheel. These radio-controlled autos take racing cars to a new level. Put your skills to the test all weekend long!
It's one thing to look at a monster truck, but another to be able to actually ride in one. Take your pick throughout the jam. The cost is just $5.
Take a walk on the wild side, too, with the Whispering Pines Mobile Zoo. Children will enjoy seeing farm creatures and exotic animals. Enjoy riding a pony; get a keepsake photo, too, for a reasonable fee. Petting zoo and pony ride hours are 4-8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
And for some doggone fun, don't miss the Rock-N-Roll K-9 Show, featuring dogs doing nifty tricks – way beyond rolling over! Musical mats, team relay racing and high jumping are among the treats in store.
Limited parking is available on site for $5. Additional parking is available in the Kohl's or Lowe's parking lots with free shuttle service.
See the Metro Parent listing for more on the 2012 Uncle Sam Jam in Woodhaven.