RetroFest™: RIMS AND RIBS!
RetroFest™ 2023 has exciting news:
Friday May 26, 2023
3pm opening of the Tecumseh Park.
“We are going country” entertainment, beverage garden, ribs, vendors, and amusement rides. There will be the Jurassic Park Jeep and the Rufus (Baby) Impala. We will be collecting non-perishable donations to support the Outreach for Hunger.
7pm-8pm: All Nighters Band
8:30pm-11pm: The Chasers Band
3pm to 7pm “Old Gen and New Gen” Parking lot party behind the Retro Suites, Downtown Chatham Centre property. Limited number of spaces for cars. No age limit to have the old the young side by side. There will be tunes played by “DJ-Vintage” playing tunes for your enjoyment and outdoor games. Bring a lawn chair. Limited space available for vehicles.
Saturday May 27, 2023
11am the Tecumseh Park opens for it’s 2nd day of entertainment and great food..
“Retro Rockin” is the theme. We will have the Beverage Garden open, Ribs, all kinds of vendors, and the Amusement rides. We will be collecting non-perishable donations to support the Outreach for Hunger.
12:30pm-2:30pm Ms. RetroFest Pageant on the Bandshell stage in the park. See who gets crowed at Ms. RetroFest 2023. Hosted by Melanie Renaud (previously Miss Galaxy) and Director at Miss Confidence Canada.
2:30pm-3:30pm Celebrity Rib Judging
3:30pm-5pm BRIO Sock Hop, come out dressed in 50’s and 60’s and join in the fun.
5:30pm-6:30pm Spirit of the Sixties band
7pm-8pm Courtney Wells Band
8:30pm-11pm 89Next band.
All streets and side streets will be closed to set up for the car show. Vehicles must be 25 years and older to be staged.
7am-11am KHAC Classic Car Registration tables will be at the corner of 5th and King St. W on the Downtown Chatham Centre sidewalk. Beside the KHAC will be Party Time DJ and Lighting Services spinning the tunes on the street and making all announcements.
9am – 5pm is the KHAC Classic Car Show, showcasing 100’s of vehicles with awards being conducted at 3pm at the corner of 5th and King Street.
In front of the Scotia Bank will be the JMHI Junior Judges. Sign up your junior car enthusiasts to judge and select as a group their favourite, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place choices. Limited number of spaces.
Sunday May 28, 2023
9am-1pm Optimist Club of Chatham hosting our annual Soapbox Derby on William Street.
11am the Tecumseh Park opens for it’s 3rd and final day, don’t miss out!
“The Alternatives”. The Beverage Garden will be open, Ribs, all kinds of vendors, and the Amusement rides will run until 6pm. We will be collecting non-perishable donations to support the Outreach for Hunger.
11:30pm-12:30pm All rib judging will be tallied and the Rib Awards are announced.
1pm-2pm Sandbox band
2:30pm-3:30pm Jeremy’s Rejects
6:30pm-9:30pm we will be hosting an after-party celebration (ticketed event) called “The Pit Party” at the Sons of Kent -back yard- 27 Adelaide St. S. Our host band will be the Southwind Buoys; mingle with the celebrities from Rust Valley Restorations, while enjoying food and drinks from our local brewery.