This year's Parkapalooza 6 on Sunday, September 12 at Sanford Lake Park in Sanford (North West River Road) looks to please everyone with plenty of family activities held throughout the day: food, splash park, sand-sculpting contest, giant bubbles, climbing wall, inflatable bounce house, kids' crafts, games and more. The event kicks off at noon. 

DStreet has lined up local bands for Parkapalooza. Groove to rock and blues band Triple Play, pop folk rockers The Sinclairs, 80's rockers Jedi Mind Trip, and 5 other bands:

  • noon - Jodi Sasse & South'rn Cross
  • 1 PM - Triple Play
  • 2 PM - The Hipakritz
  • 3 PM - Mandi Layne & The Lost Highway
  • 4 PM - The Sinclairs Band
  • 5 PM - Steel Wheels
  • 6 PM - The Rock Show
  • 7 PM - Jedi Mind Trip
Another highlight of the event will be a sand-sculpting contest with cash prizes. Here's the fun part: because of some dam maintenance, the water level we be low, and the beach will be extra large. So, there's a chance your team of 5 will have a spot available for its scale model of Bay City's City Hall (complete with restored roof tiles!). Teams can register on the day of the event or watch the Parkapalooza Facebook profile, but either way they need to bring their own tools. Parkapalooza Committee Chair Ed Kerns hopes to have a professional sand sculptor on hand to demonstrate.  

Each year event organizers try to make the 'Looza better.  "It's the sixth one we've done and is going to be the biggest in terms of vendors," Kern says. "We've got the best bands, and we're looking for a great crowd."

DStreet Entertainment Foundation
is a nonprofit  whose mission is to assist musicians of every age, race and gender in the development of their education, promotional skills and performances. Among its efforts are a scholarship program, and the Bandwagon Program,  which refurbishes donated musical instruments and gets them into the hands of would-be musicians. 

Among the event's sponsors number Farm Bureau Insurance, Weelz 104.5, Midland County Parks and Recreation, Home Depot and Chemical Bank. Parkapalooza is one of two major fundraisers that the Foundation runs each year to both celebrate music and support its programs.

Admission to the park by foot, bicycle or boat is free, or you can park on site for $5 per car. For directions, see Map.