Saline Summerfest, the community’s annual summer picnic, takes place Friday and Saturday with events downtown, at Mill Pond Park, Henne Field and the Saline Rec Center.
The fun starts Friday evening when Summerfest opens at 5 p.m. on South Ann Arbor Street and adjacent parking lot. Salt Valley Arts presents an arts and crafts show with 27 vendors, and face-painting and Henna art and more for children.
The main stage entertainment begins at 6 p.m. with performances by dancers from three local dance schools and the Saline Twirlettes.
Mayor Brian Marl will make opening remarks at 8 p.m.
Atomic Radio Band, the evening’s headliner, takes the stage after Marl’s remarks and will entertain the crowd with rock and pop covers. The annual limbo contest happens shortly after 9 p.m.
Summerfest kicks into high gear Saturday with an all-day schedule packed with activities for people of all ages.
The Saline Summerfest 5K, benefitting the Saline High School cross country program, begins at 8:30 a.m. at Saline City Hall. (Register online by 8 p.m., Friday).
The Kids Fishing Contest takes place at Mill Pond Park starting at 8 a.m. (Registration starts at 7:30 a.m.). Kids will also be playing in the 3 on 3 soccer tournament at Henne Field from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The co-ed volleyball tournament happens on the sand courts behind the Rec Center starting at 9:30 a.m. Contact Bradley Schwartz at 734-260-0686 by Thursday.
There are two car shows at Summerfest. The Saline Street Machines show roars into its 36th year with hot rods and classic cars at 9 a.m. The show is open until 4 p.m. on South Ann Arbor Street, east McKay Street and the parking lot behind Dan’s Downtown Tavern. The Electric Vehicle Show, presented by the Michigan Electric Auto Association, is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the parking lot behind Union School.
Kids games, including the inflatable obstacle course and bouncer, are offered at Henne Field from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The annual Saline Firehouse Chicken dinner starts at 11:30 a.m. Firefighters will barbecue buttery chicken on their giant grill beside Benny’s Bakery.
Proceeds from the sale will help the fire department purchase a new brush truck. Fire Chief Craig Hoeft advises residents to purchase their dinners by 2 p.m.
“We always run out early,” Hoeft said.
Other food vendors include Smokehouse 52, Blimpy Burgers, the Kiwanis Club, Lions Club and Domino’s Pizza.
Learn about Saline’s rich history while taking the Historical Trolley Tour, from noon to 4 p.m.
The Tricycle Races take place on North Ann Arbor Street at 4:30 p.m.
Musical entertainment on the main stage includes Jake Kershaw, Detroit Special and 50 Amp Fuse.
The annual Teen Block Party is scheduled for 7 p.m. on North Ann Arbor Street. The Blackjack Challenge takes place from 8:30 to 10 p.m.