Summer in the City is pleased to welcome Modified Lawn Tractor Association racing to this year's festival, which opens Friday, July 19.
In the spirit of the festival's bed-racing days from the late-1980s, the owners of 10 to 12 lawn tractors will transform the parking lot of the James E. Snow Professional Building into a race track for Saturday's competition. Vickie Phillipson, Chamber of Commerce program director, said Ron Galbreath of Dowagiac Union Schools, who is a member of the South Bend organization, is heading up Saturday's new event that runs from 1 to 4 p.m.
Also new this year, festival organizers are pleased to welcome the owners of Deb's Cafe, Railway Cafe, Round Oak Revisited, Wood Fire Italian Trattoria and Smoke Signal BBQ, which will join the excitement outdoors, serving festival goers on the street and also in the park Friday evening for Summer on Tap. From 6:30 to 10:30 Midwestern Lull takes the stage Friday at Beckwith Park as Sister Lakes Brewing Company serves up its spirits.
Saturday it's the return of The Taste of Dowagiac as five of our restaurants serve a mix of hors d'ouerve sized specialties from 2 to 6 p.m. Tickets are available at the following participating sites: Baker's Rhapsody, Caruso's, Round Oak Revisited, Wood Fire and Wounded Minnow.
Phillipson said the two-day summertime bash, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, has been funded by a record number of 36 corporate sponsors. "This type of resounding support for our events is outstanding, and what contributes to making our community the wonderful place it is to work, live and play," Phillipson said.
Festival highlights also feature a children's train, climbing wall, an adventure ship children's inflatable, the Dixie Twister ride and zip line, all of which will be staged on Front Street.