2013-08-15 / Front Page

Lapeer Days starts tomorrow

Tonight last chance for pay-one-price carnival admission
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Gary Fisk cleans up the Sky Fighter ride at the Skerbeck Bros. Carnival Wednesday afternoon. Lapeer Days runs through Sunday in downtown Lapeer. 
Photo by Phil Foley Gary Fisk cleans up the Sky Fighter ride at the Skerbeck Bros. Carnival Wednesday afternoon. Lapeer Days runs through Sunday in downtown Lapeer. Photo by Phil Foley LAPEER — The Lapeer Days carnival has been up and running for a day and a half, and already hundreds of local residents and visitors are flocking to downtown Lapeer for the fun.

Tonight, the Skerbeck Bros. Carnival is open again from 5-11 p.m. with rides and games, and it is the last chance for carnival goers to take advantage of a pay-one-price admission. For a cost of $18 per person, ticket holders tonight can ride all the rides they want and play games for one flat rate. Friday through Sunday, tickets much be purchased individually for rides and games.

After weeks of anticipation and building excitement, it is only a matter of hours until the official kick-off to Lapeer Days 2013. At noon on Friday in the center of downtown Lapeer, the opening ceremony will be held and the festival fun will begin.

As always, three stages will be set up along Nepessing Street, the east, west and main stages. All day and night, performers will be seen and heard on those three stages while the street remains open to foot traffic for vendors and games.

The headlining performers at Lapeer Days include Friday night’s country music performers. Starting the headlining acts next Friday will be young crooner TJ Craven on the main stage from 6-7:30 p.m. next up will be Katie Armiger, a country music performer, from 8-9:30 p.m. The main attraction will be country music duo Steel Magnolias on the main stage Friday from 10:30 p.m. to midnight.

On Saturday, the music turns to rock with local and national performers on the three stages in downtown Lapeer. The major acts Saturday include Third Degree Burns, the Nosmo King band, the Sweet Charlie Band, followed by the rock band Nine Days on the main stage from 8:30-10 p.m. The headliner Saturday will be ‘90s rock band The Calling on the main stage from 10:30 p.m. to midnight.

Sunday’s main stage performers will include the Jason Eaton Band from noon to 1:30 p.m., followed by Corey Cox from 2- 3:30 p.m. and finally David Nail from 4-5:30 p.m.

Other Lapeer Days Festival activities will include the annual Soap Box Derby on Sunday, an exotic animal show on Saturday, Box City and a huge sandbox for children open throughout the festival, and of course the Skerbeck Bros. Carnival in the park.

The Lapeer Days parade is another event sure to draw a large crowd. This year’s parade theme is Wild, Wild West, and dozens of floats and groups will march through downtown Lapeer on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. Following the parade at 1 p.m., Tea with Miss Lapeer Days and the Royal Court will take place on the courthouse lawn.

The County Press will also have a fun photo station at their booth in the center of downtown Lapeer. The photo station will feature a giant County Press front page with a hole for festival goers to get their photo in.

Visit the festival’s website, www.lapeerdays.com, for the full schedule and information on all entertainment and events.

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