GM Summerfest: it's free!

Do you like family fun? Then the GM Summerfest may be for you this weekend.

Flint-area families are invited to attend the second annual UAW-GM Summerfest, a two-day summer festival hosted by General Motors and the UAW, on June 14-15 at the Union City Ball Field near Flint. Admission is free. The event runs from 10 to 8 Friday, June 14, and 10 to 6 Saturday, June 15.

We'll talk about on on Friday morning during NBC 25 Today from 5 to 7 a.m.

Building on a successful inaugural year that attracted about 3,000 people to the free festival, organizers have scheduled a series of family-oriented activities that will thrill people of all ages.New this year is a live bat display, courtesy of the Organization for Bat Conservation. OBC, which operates the Bat Zone at the Cranbrook Institute of Science, will feature straw-colored and Egyptian fruit bats, a Jamaican leaf-nose bat, Dog-faced bat and displays on the bats of Michigan and the importance of bats.

Another new activity features flyball dog teams, which will put on multiple demonstrations during the two-day festival. In Flyball, teams of dogs race against each other, jumping over hurdles to retrieve a ball and return to their handlers.The Detroit Pistons are also scheduled to make an appearance with a Pistons Legend participating in a media event on Friday, June 14, to present a Flint-area resident with a Game Changers jersey and Pistons entertainment will be on site to pose for photos and sign autographs.

Other activities include demonstrations by GM sponsored FIRST LEGO League robotics teams, demonstrations by Vigilant Canine Services International, U.S. military vehicle displays and various childrenâ??s games hosted by the Flint Childrenâ??s Museum. The American Pride Camaro, painted by airbrush artist Mickey Harris, will also be on display.

In keeping with the UAW-GM emphasis on community outreach, Summerfest will also allow attendees to sign up to be bone marrow donors. Additionally, a number of Flint-area charities and agencies supported by GM and the UAW will be on site to provide information about their services. People who have old cell phones are encouraged to bring them to the event, where they will be donated to Cell Phones for Soldiers. Food will be available for purchase from the Raincheck Lounge.

The Summerfest opening ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, June 14. The Boy Scouts of America will kick off the ceremony with demonstration on the proper use and disposal of the American Flag, followed by a special recognition event and a GM Foundation plant city grant press conference.

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