Westland Summer Festival

Celebrate the season with a carnival, circus fun for kids and exotic animal exhibits at the annual Westland Summer Festival, heading to town June 29-July 3, 2012.

This popular annual festival, which normally attracts a tremendous amount of people, includes fun activities such as a white tiger exhibit and the popular Banana Derby, where small monkeys ride racing dogs like jockeys.

Just for kids, be sure to check out the interactive workshops with Cirque Amongus, a hands-on circus, as well as a petting zoo with pony rides.

An array of carnival rides are here, too. You can buy unlimited ride armbands for $16 online, or for $20 at the festival.

Local entertainment this year includes performances by Guardian Martial Arts & Fitness of Garden City and Jenney Lynn's Baton Twirling Academy. Looking for tunes, too? There'll be a Beatles cover band, plus Full Throttle Acapella, young country band Annabelle Road and rock cover band Rusty Lunchbox.

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The Miles for Memories fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association takes place on Saturday. Registration is at 9 a.m., and the walk begins at 10 a.m.

There's also a muscle car show for veterans on Saturday, happening 9 a.m.-3 p.m., sponsored by Choice Insurance.

Local nonprofit organizations hold a bake sale on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. And the Independence Day fireworks light the sky on Wednesday at 10:20 p.m.

There is free parking at John Glenn High School and William P. Faust Library, along with a shuttle service to get families around.

The Westland Summer Festival occurs on the following days:

  • Friday: 4 p.m.-midnight
  • Saturday-Sunday: Noon-midnight
  • Monday-Tuesday: 4 p.m.-midnight
  • Wednesday: Noon-midnight

Check out the Metro Parent listing for more information on the 2012 Westland Summer Festival.

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