The legend of the masked American hero didn’t begin as a Disney film on the big screen, but with one Brace Beemer, the radio voice of The Lone Ranger at WXYZ in Detroit. The mythos lives on in downtown Oxford for another generation of “rangers” at this year’s The Lone Ranger Festival (formerly Celebrate Oxford), Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015.
Start the day off right at 8 a.m. with the pancake breakfast fundraiser, hosted by Immanuel Church. Then, at 11 a.m., don’t miss all the baton twirling, the school band’s marching, tractors, horses, fire trucks and more featured in the Lone Ranger Parade.
The real fun begins after the parade with the daylong activities that cater to the entire family. Check out cool rides at the M-1 Concourse Luxury Auto and Classic Car Show. Peruse the “Trading Post,” featuring more than 50 artists, makers, vendors and dealers selling merchandise such as jewelry, garden sculptures, photography, other handmade crafts, specialty foods, books and vintage items. Face painters and Henna-tattoo artists will be on site to turn you into live art.
For the kids, “Kids Town” will feature PAWS (the Detroit Tigers mascot), llama rides, a climbing wall, inflatables, and a fire-hose fight hosted by the Oxford and Orion fire departments. Here, kids can also get a taste of some old-school fun with “retro” crafts and games.
Cool off and appease your sweet tooth with Oxford United Methodist Church’s ice cream social fundraiser.
Craving something more savory? Stop by the outdoor dining, music and beer tent at The Oxford Tap, the Outdoor Food and Beverage Tasting Station by Sullivan’s Irish Pub, The Mean Weenie, barbecue or more.
Rockin’ tunes, courtesy of Third Degree Burns, North Oakland Dixieland Band, 5th Michigan Regiment Band, a barber-shop quartet, C&W and more can be heard from Centennial Park’s main stage.
Take the family to this true community event for fun to be had by all ages. The festival runs for one day only, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, and all are welcome!