The Haynes Apperson Festival is three solid days of fun in Kokomo. This summer, the festival will run from June 29 to July 1 and — as always — will be packed with family-friendly activities.

With the festival commemorating Kokomo’s automotive heritage, there will be plenty of cars with a commemorative run, cruise-in and car show planned.

For complete details on the car shows and how to enter, click here.

Speaking of cars, the Haynes Apperson Parade on Saturday will have plenty of them as well. Residents line the streets each year as the parade winds through downtown Kokomo. It celebrates our country’s independence and our city’s automotive heritage with one big parade.

Proving quite popular each year is the Sports Festival. The sport offerings run the gamut: karate, 3-on-3 basketball, canoeing, tennis, volleyball, 5k, pole vaulting, cornhole tournament and more.

For complete details on the sports festival, click here.

Foster Park will be packed with carnival rides, vendors and tons of food options from 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday and from noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

And the music!

Known for the hit-singles “Run-Around,” “But Anyway,” “Hook,” and “The Mountains Win Again,”will perform on Friday evening. The show will open with the Jason Skaggs Band.

On Saturday, the headliner will be Grand Funk Railroad. The band features founding members Don Brewer and Mel Schacher, along with Max Carl from the band .38 Special, Bruce Kulick from KISS, and Tim Cashion from Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. Grand Funk Railroad is known for hits such as “We’re an American Band,” and “Some Kind of Wonderful.” The show will feature local opening act Rogers Ritual Band.

The festival always draws to a close with fireworks. Weather permitting, the fireworks will start immediately following the Grand Funk Railroad concert in Foster Park. Feel free to bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the show.

For complete details on the Haynes Apperson Festival, click here.


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