Royal Oak plans Unity Fair to debut in June

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Winter is only a week old so summer fun seems pretty far away.

But organizers are already making plans for a new family event in June.  Royal Oak is home to Arts, Beats and Eats - a big Labor Day attraction.

Now Jon Witz the creative force behind Winter Blast and Arts, Beats and Eats plans to bring a new summer festival to Royal Oak.

"The focus really here is on carnival," he said. "There will be a lot of family activities as well. I think Arts, Beats and Eats is a little more emphasis on food and art. I think this will have an emphasis on rides, fundraising and families."

It is called the Royal Oak Unity Fair - a four-day event beginning June 20th, putting the fun in fund-raising. Witz hopes to raise up to $50,000 for church and school organizations.

"It's those hockey teams trying to raise money for uniforms or the dance team that needs to make a trip to compete in a regional dance competition," Witz said.

Witz thinks downtown Royal Oak is the perfect place to have a Unity Fair.

"A key part of events these days is showing what we have in common and bringing families together," he said. "And we have to keep doing that and remembering as a country and as a people, what do we have in common. It is family, fun and festivities."

Organizers have a lot of work ahead of them, they are still securing sponsorships but they are confident the community will support this.