Mayfly music festival returns to Dundee in June

The Dundee Village Mayfly Music Festival will return this summer after a two-year hiatus.

The village council this week unanimously approved a request from organizers for the two-day festival to return to Wolverine Park on June 17 and 18. The event hasn’t taken place since 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but organizer Lyle Jaworski said it will return to business as usual this summer.

“We’re back again, the same as before,” Jaworski said. “I think the community will benefit from it again. It always has been.

Toledo St. will temporarily become a southbound street from Monroe St. to Washington St. for both days of the festival. Tickets are $5 each, with free admission for children 12 and under on both days. Admission will also be free for all from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 18.

The Monroe News is one of the sponsors of the event, which will begin at 5 p.m. on June 17 in the park located in the center of the village on Toledo Street south of Tecumseh Street (M-50) along the river Grape.

Two bands will play on the first night of the festival, which is primarily a fundraiser for two scholarships to benefit seniors at Dundee High School.

Fools Fait will take the stage at 7 p.m., followed by End of the Line at 9 p.m.

Broken Together will entertain guests June 18 starting at 11 a.m., before A School of Rock takes over from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Rusty Nail Band will perform from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., followed by the Jessie Campbell Band at 7 and finally Crystal Bowersox at 9.

In addition to music, the festival will also feature games, crafts, a petting zoo and face painting for children, as well as a beer tent, crafts and vendors for adults. Fireworks will be launched over the Raisin River at dusk on June 17.

“In addition to the annual scholarship funds, we are always happy to be able to cover our expenses,” said co-organizer Trisa Wain. “We are extremely grateful to our loyal sponsors, the Village of Dundee, and to our many visitors who make the festival happen through their generous support over our 21 years. After a two-year hiatus, there are many anticipation for our return this summer.

“It feels like people are ready to hang out, listen to music and mingle with their friends and neighbors,” Wain continued. “Since it has become a long standing tradition in Dundee, some families come every year and look forward to getting their 2022 t-shirts, walking along the river and watching the fireworks. We love to provide a local venue for family fun and entertainment.”

Village President Andrea Hickey is thrilled to see one of her community’s premier events return after so long.

“It was, for a long time, one of our main events of this scale, so it’s very, very important to show us that Dundee is back to normal,” Hickey said. “There are so many businesses associated with it because it’s organized by the Dundee Area Business Association. It helps businesses get exposure and do more for the community,

“I look forward to the music and that sense of community we get when we all come together.”

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