Peach Festival organizers prepares for another year

The familiar sights and sounds that make a local festival part of the fabric of the Romeo community will return for the 86th annual Peach Festival Labor Day weekend.

There will only be one significant change in store for this year as the events and rides that have been part of the festival for years remain intact for the festival that starts Thursday and goes through Sept. 4.

The fly-In breakfast that used to take place at the Romeo Airport on Sunday morning was shifted to the Capital Banquet Center on 31 Mile Road in 2013.

The newly named Farmers Breakfast had been a staple at the airport for years, but the hangar where it was being staged was torn down.

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After taking a year off, the breakfast will return on Sunday at the Romeo Lions Den Clubhouse (Dan Phillips Pavilion) with an all you can eat pancake breakfast served from 8 a.m. to noon.

“Members of the Romeo Lions will be running the event this year and we are hoping to make it a staple of the festival again,” Festival President Gary Schocke said. “We are hoping to get as many people out there as we have in the past.”

There will be a free shuttle available from the Peach Classic Car Show taking place that morning at the Romeo Ford Engine Plant at 32 Mile and Van Dyke.

The main events on opening day will be the annual Peach Festival 10K/5K races and 5K walk and the opening of the Mid-America Shows carnival midway.

The races are set to start out at Romeo High School at 6:45 p.m. and finish at the Romeo Community Center on Morton Street.

According to Schocke over 200 cars are expected to be at the Classic Car Show and over 300 are expected to participate in the Charity Car Cruise Sunday night.

Awards to be handed out at 3 p.m. at the car show include Best Car (chosen by the car owners), the President of the Festival Award, the Peach Queen Award and the Historic/Traditional Bobbers, Rods and Trucks Award.

The Peach Fest Craft Show/Farmers Market and Business Expo will return and run from Saturday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Croswell Elementary.

Over 100 vendors took part last year.

R.J. Brainard will be the Grand Marshal of the Labor Day Parade set to go off at 1:30 on Monday in downtown Romeo.

The parade will hold their staging at 33 Mile and Van Dyke before going off on Turner Street and ending at Durham Street. The parade will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Brainard is a 1956 graduate of Romeo High School and is the former Director of the Romeo-Bruce-Washington Parks and Recreation Community Center. He was elected as Washington Township Clerk in 1972 and remained there until his retirement in 2008.

He has been a member of the Romeo Rotary Club, Elks Club, Athletic Boosters Club and Starkweather Society Board.

The theme for this year’s bed races on Sunday night is “Board Games”. There is no charge for the event that draws more than it is share of last minute participants.

The race starts at Newberry Street and ends at Washington Street and is set to begin at 7 p.m.

A full schedule of events, times, locations and registration forms can be found at michiganpeachfest.com.

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