Hamtramck Festival 

The Get Down In Ham Town

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Hamtramck Festival
The Get Down In Ham Town

Hamtramck has been the Polish capital of metro-Detroit for … well ... forever. Craving a polish sausage and a beer? Cool — Hamtramck is your spot. Feigning for the sounds of hip music in a small bar while eating that Polish sausage and swigging a cold brewski? Hamtramck is your spot!

Labor Day weekend is notorious for relaxing fun with family and friends and in Hamtramck it will be no different. The 28th edition of the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival will take place this Friday through Monday and will offer the same free fun it has in years past.

George Kristy of the Festival said more than 500,000 people from all over the Midwest are expected to check out what the festival has to offer. “Many people just love to come to Hamtramck for Labor Day weekend,” said Kristy. He explained that the purpose of the annual event weekend is “to bring back people who used to live in Hamtramck and bring in new people to help out the economy and show that Hamtramck is still a viable city.”

The always-free festival will host a plethora of family-friendly fun, including a full carnival equipped with rides and games as well as children’s activities and adult amusement like tons of live music and multi-cultural food vendors. Whether you are of Polish descent or not, there are plenty of good ol' times to be had this Labor Day weekend. For the hordes of music lovers in the Motor City, Hamtramck’s own Danny D will be headlining on Friday and other great acts like Speedball, Polka Floyd (who play polka versions of Pink Floyd classics), the long-awaited return of country-rock hooligans Bill Parker & His Motherscratchers as well as Michael Quatro will take the stage throughout the long weekend along with many more.

If you are into the WWE and all that wrestling madness, come see sweaty grown men throw each other around on Saturday at 4 p.m. And if you like rock and alternative-country twang tunes, you will love the sounds heard on Saturday as Four Hour Friends will be closing out the night — they take the stage at 9 p.m.

Sunday is going to be Polka Palooza. The day will start with a Polish Mass with Big Daddy Lackowski and The LaDeDa’s. There will be a Peirogi eating contest at 5 p.m. if you think you can hang with the big dawgskis and if you love Dancing with the Stars, you have to be there to watch Polka with the Stars — a dance competition between ten local Hamtramck celebrities including members of the city council and local publications. Local polka bands will set the mood all day long, including Hamtramck’s own Polish Muslims, known for their rock-polka take on “Who Stole the Kiszka.”

A special congratulations goes out to Keith Biboda and Mary Hogness who will be getting married by the Mayor of Hamtramck, Karen Majewski, in a civil ceremony on the main stage at 2 p.m on Sunday.

Monday will end the merriment with a bang, kicking the day off with a Polish parade that marches right through the festival grounds of Jos Campau — various organizations and clubs will be participating in the spectacle to show their Polish spirit. There is nothing this festival does not have, so march down to Hamtramck this weekend and get loose, Polish style!  | RDW

For more info and a complete schedule: hamtramckfestival.org

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