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Native American Dancers, September 18, 1999
Ethnicity Entertainment: Native American Dancers, September18, 1999. Photo: Laura McGuire

Troy Daze

The September 2000 marks the 32nd Annual Magic of Fall/Troy Daze Festival. The festival attracts more than 100,000 people annually to celebrate the community with arts and cultural displays, performances, food contests, and activities for families and people of all ages. The festival is planned and run by several thousand community volunteers, from youth to seniors. Among the many programs are amateur talent shows, amusement rides, an arts and crafts show, enthi-city booths, entertainment, a parade, pancake breakfasts, pony rides, special needs children and adults day, a student art show, and a student poster contest.

Pageants are also part of the festivities. Its Miss Troy Pageant is affiliated with Miss Michigan USA Pageant, and the Junior Miss Troy Pageant is affiliated with Miss Teen USA Pageant.

The festival is a true community event; its festival committee contributes more than 8,000 volunteer hours, and all funding is derived from activities, including corporate sponsorships, amusement rides, booth fees, contest fees, and parking.

This project is documented with newspaper clippings, a description of the event, a program, a few dozen color photocopies of photographs, a video, and five PC diskettes, providing an overview and holding a photo archive.

Originally submitted by: Carl Levin, Senator.

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The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.

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