Eastern Michigan University gears up to participate in the 35th annual Ypsilanti Heritage Festival

by Debra Johnson, Published August 13, 2013


YPSILANTI - Nearly 100,000 visitors will descend upon Ypsilanti between Aug. 16 - Aug. 18 to enjoy an eclectic array of live music, food and drink and family-oriented activities, and Eastern Michigan will play a central role.

Eastern is a festival sponsor and will take part in the following events:

  • WEMU, EMU's public radio station, will host the Main Stage featuring live entertainment on Friday, Aug. 16. Linda Yohn, WEMU morning host and music director will be MCing. Visit the Main Stage Events homepage for the complete list of live entertainment.
  • Eastern will welcome the NASA "Journey to Tomorrow" exhibit as part of Eastern's 2013 Star Party. The exhibit will be on EMU's campus Friday, Aug. 16 and Saturday, Aug. 17,12 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Science Complex. Along with exhibit, there will be movies shown in the EMU planetarium and night telescope viewing of the sky on the rooftop of Sherzer Observatory (weather permitting). 
  • EMU Athletics will have a booth at the festival and will be giving out schedule posters. There will be a contest to win a basketball jersey, and Swoop is scheduled to make appearances throughout the weekend.
  • The EMU soccer, cheer, dance and volleyball teams will be marching in the parade and passing out schedules for EMU athletic events. Visit the Heritage Festival Parade homepage for more details about the parade.
  • Eastern will sponsor the EMU Community Showcase Stage, featuring a full lineup of bands and performers from throughout the Ypsilanti area, representing the best in rock, folk, jazz, dance and more. For the full lineup of entertainment, visit the Community Showcase Stage Events homepage
  • Presented by EMU and The Huron River Watershed Council, The Green Tent will feature educational programs and activities centered around environmental protection. Green Tent activities include catching river bugs in the Huron River, family-friendly stream monitoring demos and a butterfly exhibit. Go to http://www.ypsilantiheritagefestival.com/the-green-tent/ to see all Green Tent events.

The Ypsilanti Heritage Festival is free and open to the public. For a complete list of events and general information, visit the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival homepage.

Debra Johnson

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