Monday, May 24, 2010

Family fun also has community impact

In its 47th year, the Birmingham Village Fair is a four-day, family-fun event that attracts thousands of visitors to the City of Birmingham. From carnival rides to games, this event has been providing good old-fashioned fun for all ages in downtown Birmingham for nearly five decades.

Last year more than $20,000 was raised for over 20 local nonprofits — a great feat in this challenging economic time. Over the past five years, the Birmingham family tradition has raised nearly $90,000 for local service and charitable organizations. In addition, the event has generated revenue for local restaurants and retailers and brings many to our wonderfully, walkable downtown area. I encourage all of you to attend in support of the community organizations and create memories to boot.

This year the fair will be held in a temporary new location on South Old Woodward, from noon to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 3; noon to 11 p.m. Friday, June 4; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 5; and from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 6.
Discounted wristbands can be purchased at the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber through 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 2. The pre-sold wristband vouchers are only valid for Thursday, June 3, from noon to 10 p.m.; Friday, June 4, from noon to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, June 6, from noon to 9 p.m.

The Chamber is now located at 725 S. Adams Road, Suite 130, in Birmingham; hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call (248) 644-1700 for more information.

Carrie Zarotney is the executive director of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce.

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