This weekend is the city’s chance to shine

Once again, Hamtramck will welcome a few thousand visitors this weekend for the annual Labor Day Festival.
This festival has been running for almost every year since 1980, and it’s gone through plenty of ups and downs.
There have been good years, bad years and so-so years, but for the past several years we’ve enjoyed a string of successes. We are not the biggest festival that happens in the state, but we are definitely the most “Hamtramcky.”
And that means weird in all the right ways.
Something tells us this year will be the one that is over-the-top spectacular.
The band line-up features the usual smorgasbord of entertainers, including a top national act, The Dead Milkmen. That band’s inclusion alone has excited a number of people.
We have also been informed that the number of food and retail vendors has increased, and this year’s homegrown parade is set to outdo even last year’s “Only in Hamtramck”one.
We have also heard that this year’s festival just might be the last one put together by longtime organizers Konrad Maziarz and Shannon Lowell – both of whom have donated countless hours throughout the years to make this, and other, festivals happen.
We hope it’s not their swansong, but,if it is, we owe it to them to make this year the biggest and best blowout Hamtramck has ever seen.
Posted Sept. 1, 2023

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