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Celebration's on in Capac

Weekend of family fun kicks off downtown on Friday

Miss Capac 2007 contestants Christen Harris, Katelyn McVeigh and Amanda Strunk ride in style in last year’s Capac Days parade. Katelyn McVeigh won the crown. This year’s crowning will take place at 6 p.m. Friday.

July 16, 2008
CAPAC — Live bands. Dueling dogs. Cute babies. Hometown heroes. Flashy fireworks.

Old favorites and new attractions headline the Capac Summer Festival scheduled for this weekend. The event is sponsored by the Capac Chamber of Commerce.

To highlight the festival's theme, 'A World of Music' a slew of musicians and performers will take to two stages along Main St., playing a variety of music from rock and heavy metal to techno and country.

Other new attractions will include Kelly's Inflatables; the historical society's antique, tractor and quilt show; the Dog Days of Summer Canine Contest and a 'Simon Says' Guiness Book of World Records attempt.

Friday night will feature fireworks followed by a grand parade on Saturday night. Capac Police Chief Raymond Hawks, on the mend from an April shooting, will serve as grand marshal. The Capac residents who rushed to his aid will also participate and be honored for their heroic actions.

On Friday, the festivities will kick off with a community garage sale from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and merchant sidewalk sales running from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

An authentic Mexican dinner will be served at St. Nicholas Catholic Church beginning at 11 a.m.

At 6 p.m. the 2008 Miss Capac will be crowned in downtown Capac. Kelly's Inflatables will open to the public at 7 p.m. along with the Chamber of Commerce beer tent.

At 8 p.m., live bands will take the stage on Main St. and play until midnight. Local bands will include Brown City's Underlying Ruin at 9:30 p.m. and Capac's HI8US at 11:45 p.m. From the high school's baseball field, fireworks will be lit at dusk. In case of inclement weather, the show will be moved to Saturday at the same time and location.

On Saturday, the community garage sale will commence at 10 a.m. The fifth annual Spiffy Klean Pedal Bike Show will run from 9:30-11 a.m. when youngsters can bring their decorated bikes for judging. Kelly's Inflatables open at 10 a.m.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Capac Historical Society will host an antique, tractor and quilt show.

The winner of the CSB Bank's Cutest Baby Contest will be announced at 11 a.m.

A 12 hour music festival will run from noon to midnight and feature local groups like Imlay City's Just Dance at 1:30 p.m. and Romeo's Bewitched Music at 9:30 p.m. Music organizer Harold Laakso said folk rock performer Trish Wales and Company will be a must-see stage event at 5:15 p.m.

The popular pet parade is slated for 3 p.m. followed by the first annual Dog Days of Summer Canine Contest at the Capac Community Health Center at 4 p.m.

Dog owners can bring their pooches to vie for trophies in contests such as smallest, biggest, ugliest, cutest, cutest puppy, best costume, best look alike and best dog trick. The first 25 entries will receive a goody bag, courtesy of the health center.

The parade will travel through the downtown streets starting at 6 p.m.

Organizer Lori Hackelberg said the parade will follow much of the same route as last year. The Capac High School band, Miss Capac and her court, Cutest Baby winner and dozens of others are a part of the line up.

Friends of Chief Hawks will host a reception in his honor at Lions Park following the parade.

Everyone's invited to stay for the 7:15 p.m. attempt at setting a new Guiness Book of World Record for the largest game of Simon Says along Main St.

On Sunday a water ball tournament will take place at the Mussey Twp. Fire Hall from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. along with a pancake breakfast where homemade food will be served until 1 p.m.

Kids can get one more chance to bounce on the inflatables beginning at 10 a.m. A community church service will be held at the main stage downtown at 11 a.m.

Most events are free, although a small fee will be charged for the inflatables.

For a complete schedule of events, see page 4-A.

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