When organizers for Summer in the City reach for the stars and corporate and business underwriters follow suit, the results can be amazing for a community the size of Dowagiac.
“Fundraising has gone extremely well for this year’s festival,” said Vickie Phillipson, Chamber of Commerce & DDA program director, who oversees fundraising and scheduling for Dowagiac’s oldest and largest summertime celebration.
“Early on, when we met our goal of $8,700, which sufficiently funds entertainment and a new children’s carnival, we reached for the stars with the thought of bringing a Zip Line to Front Street, which is something this community has never experienced,” Phillipson said. Once the decision was made, in less than 24 hours, the additional $2,000 was raised.
New this year, Summer in the City kicks off Thursday, July 19, at 2 p.m. with a Children’s Carnival, staged at Division & Railroad streets on the lawn of the former “Big Gray” industrial site. Former American Idol contender Jared Knox & the Hagar Bombs returns to the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, performing on the grounds of the James E. Snow Professional Building at Front & Main.
Summer in the City opens downtown Friday morning at 10, where the Zip Line, Climbing Wall, Children’s Train and other attractions run through Saturday. Festival highlights feature a presentation by the Kalamazoo Air Zoo on Friday, along with that evening’s craft brew tasting, presented by Sister Lakes Brewing Co. and performance by Nashville’s Kari Lynch Band on Beeson Street.
Saturday features hometown favorites Rebel Pride and performances by MKSOD and Miss Michele & Co., along with the Taste of Dowagiac.