Rush City Chamber of Commerce is bringing back a popular event: Rockin’ Rush City Party in the Park, formerly called the Arts and Music Festival. The event is Saturday, Aug. 17, beginning at noon, at Rush City Park on Dana Avenue.
“It used to be a very big event in Rush City. It was moved to the fairgrounds and people didn’t like that, so the support went away,” said Nicole Perreault, who is the chair of the event. “It’s coming back by popular demand.”
Todd Johnston and his crew have been working hard to get the new band shell in the park ready in time for the event, according to Perreault. They are hoping to have the electrical components done by the event as well and plan on having a ribbon-cutting ceremony around 7:30 p.m. the night of the event.
There will be a car show from noon to 4 p.m., and kids activities from 1-4 p.m. with bean bag toss, face painting and fun games. Three bands are scheduled to perform throughout the day and evening:
• Relax with Max: noon to 3 p.m.
• Time Bandits: 4-7 p.m.
• Trilogy: 8 p.m. to midnight.
“Max (from Relax with Max) is a Rush City alumni and plays music like you’re sitting on the patio and relaxing,” Perreault said. “He’ll play some old music and a wide range of everything.”
Two food trucks — Mel’s Fresh Authentic Mexican Food out of North Branch and NJ’s Concessions, which serves pulled chicken and pork — will be at the event as well as other vendors.
Admission is free. There will be a beer tent from noon to midnight along with other beverages.
“Our goal is to have this event every third Saturday in August,” Perreault said. “That’s what we hope to do as well as have smaller events once a month during the summer where we bring in a band for a few hours and have music in the park. It’s all about the funding and I’m going to work hard on getting some grants.”
Perreault said the goal of this one-day event is to gather community members together.
“This event is essential to our community and we hope we can bring people together and liven up the downtown in our community,” Perreault said.