Annual art fair returns to Shelby municipal grounds

By: Sarah Wojcik, | Shelby - Utica News | Published August 9, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The 34th annual Shelby Township Art Fair — the largest event put on by the Shelby Township Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department — will take over the township municipal grounds 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13.

The family-friendly event will include a kids area, an interactive community mural, live entertainment, an interactive music area, a selection of local food, 22 Michigan-made vendors, 55 artists and 20 crafters.

Pam Marshall, the coordinator of the art fair, praised the work of the many people who made the event possible, including the Shelby Township Art Fair Committee and its sponsors.

 Alexander Hendrick, 4, of Shelby Township, plays the drums at the Charity Music booth during the 2016 Shelby Township Art Fair.

Alexander Hendrick, 4, of Shelby Township, plays the drums at the Charity Music booth during the 2016 Shelby Township Art Fair.

File photo by John McTaggart

Parking for the event at the municipal grounds and Mae Stecker Park is free. A free shuttle service will pick up and drop off fairgoers from the Shelby Community Center every 15 minutes, or as needed.

Marshall said the first 700 attendees will receive a 2017 Shelby Township Art Fair swag bag full of information, special gifts and promotions.

The kids area will include inflatables and special stations hosted by the township’s Police and Fire departments, a craft area, a costumed critter named Louie the Lightning Bug, a display of youth and teen art, and more.

The Shelby Township Solid Waste and Recycling Committee will once again facilitate public voting on its popular “trashy treasures” contest.

A full lineup of entertainment scheduled to perform in the band shell is available on the art fair’s website, www.shelbyartfair.wix.com/shelbyartfair. At 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the Detroit Flyhouse Circus will perform.

Marshall added that the Shelby Township Painting with a Twist studio will be on hand, as well as the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center with some of its critters. The Shelby Optimist Club, she said, will again partner with the Shelby Township Police Department for a dunk tank fundraiser.

“(Police Chief) Robert Shelide was in the dunk tank quite a bit last year,” Marshall said. “People enjoyed trying to dunk him.”

As far as food options, Marshall said the LuckyLunch food truck, Steiny’s, Scoops traveling ice cream parlor and other vendors selling carnival-type food, fudge, kettle corn, roasted almonds, gourmet licorice and more will be in attendance.

“We’ve have some unique art coming in. (Artists and crafters) are coming in from all over the country, as far as New York, Florida and Indiana,” Marshall said. “There’s a nice variety.”

Joe Youngblood, director of the Shelby Township Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department, said his department is always trying to improve the quality of life for residents.

“Having an event like this for the whole family, I don’t think it gets any better than this,” Youngblood said. “You can’t have a nicer location. It draws people actually from all over southeast Michigan to get their wedding pictures and family pictures.”

He added that Heritage Garden, Heritage Lake, Mae Stecker Park and historic buildings are all located at the municipal complex. The Andrews Schoolhouse Museum will be open to the public for tours, courtesy of the Shelby Historical Committee.

“We have beautiful trees and shade,” he said. “I’m excited once again and looking forward to a beautiful weekend to see all of the residents come out and enjoy the wonderful artists.”

For more information about the Shelby Township Art Fair, call the Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department at (586) 731-0300 or visit www.shelbyartfair.wix.com/shelbyartfair. The municipal grounds are located at 52700 Van Dyke Ave., south of 24 Mile Road. The Shelby Community Center is located at 51680 Van Dyke Ave., north of 23 Mile Road.