Eastern Michigan University student athletes and cheer team will participate in Ypsilanti Heritage Festival

Festival runs Friday, Aug. 15 through Sunday, Aug. 17

by Debra Johnson, Published August 12, 2014


YPSILANTI – Swoop will accompany Eastern Michigan student athletes and the EMU Cheer Team at the annual Heritage Festival, which runs Friday, Aug. 15 – Sunday, Aug. 17 in Riverside Park in Ypsilanti.

Each year, the festival attracts more than 100,000 visitors to the Ypsilanti area. There’s something for everyone all weekend long, including a parade, vendor booths, raffles, games and the best in local, regional and national live entertainment.

Eastern Michigan is the sponsor of the Community Showcase stage, featuring local and regional artists who will perform a variety of music, including country, bluegrass, folk and grassroots. For a complete list of the activities and entertainment, visit the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival entertainment homepage.

Activities EMU will take part in during the festival include:

  • EMU athletics will have a tent set up and students will be handing out posters, schedule cards and Kids Club membership information and other giveaways. EMU will also feature an interactive basketball game called "Full Court Press," where kids can shoot baskets and win prizes. Activities will be held from 4 – 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15, and on Saturday, Aug. 16, after the parade ends through 7 p.m. and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17. 
  • Students from the EMU women's soccer and volleyball teams and the men's and women's basketball teams will take part in the Heritage Festival Parade and will be distributing official team posters to onlookers throughout the parade. Swoop and the EMU Cheer team will also be on hand. The parade will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16 at Ballard Street and Michigan Avenue, then travel east on Michigan Avenue through downtown Ypsilanti, north on Huron Street to Cross Street and west on Cross Street to Washington Street where the parade will disband.
  • The EMU Planetarium, located in the Science Complex on EMU's campus, will be showing the movie "Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens" on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m. Guests will also be able to view the night sky through the telescopes in Sherzer Observatory starting at 9 p.m. until 11 p.m. Weather permitting, you might be able to view Saturn before it disappears into the glare of the Sun later this month. A donation of $5 is requested for the movie.
  • EMU and The Huron River Watershed Council will host The Green Tent, featuring educational programs, a raffle for a kayak and activities centered on environmental protection. You can catch river bugs in the Huron River from 12 – 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16. This family-friendly event will not only be fun but educational as well. Or check out the butterfly exhibit provided by the Michigan Native Butterfly Farm, where from 12 – 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15 through Sunday, Aug. 17, you’ll be able to feed and observe the butterflies. And you can how to establish a rain garden in your own backyard. An expert will be on hand to provide information on the benefits of a rain garden and how to build and plant one. For more information about activities in the Green Tent, please visit http://www.ypsilantiheritagefestival.com/the-green-tent/.

For more information, visit the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival homepage.

Debra Johnson

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