Fayette plans blues fest 7.23

Written by David Green.

Sandwiched in between Fayette’s Bullthistle Festival and the Fall Festival is one more community party.

On Aug. 16, the park board has scheduled what it hopes to be the first of an annual event: the Blues Fest.

Three bands are lined up to perform beginning at 5 p.m. on a stage that will be set up inside the track on Eagle Street. Food, beverages and plenty of music are expected to draw a crowd.

“We’ve kicked around the idea for years,” said Jason Simon, but the plan never developed too far.

This year when the park board discussed fund raisers, Simon suggested giving the festival a try and planning got underway.

Bleachers will be set up to view the bands, but Simon suggests bringing lawn chairs for comfortable seating.

“Just kick back and relax,” he said.

Johnny Reed and Houserockers of Toledo will open the show, followed by TC & the Roadmasters from Napoleon, Mich.

“TC has really been helping us organize the festival,” Simon said.

He’s offering his experience to suggest stage lighting and other facets of the show that park board members haven’t had experience with.

Closing the night is the Front Street Blues Band from Detroit.

Guests are not allowed to bring in alcohol, but beer will be sold by a vendor inside the track.

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