Main stage entertainment at the annual Celebrate St. Peters – Sept. 18-19 – is set to be a celebration of classic rock, circa the 1970s.
Held at 370 Lakeside Park, Celebrate St. Peters features entertainment, carnival games and rides as well as food, craft and merchandise booths. Admission is free.
On Friday and Saturday nights, two nationally prominent rock groups – one making a return appearance – take the stage along with the former lead singer of another famous band of the same era.
Poco, the country rock band that formed in Southern California with the breakup of Buffalo Springfield, is featured on the main stage on Friday, Sept. 18. Opening for Poco at 7 p.m. is Rogers and Nienhaus, who will play their own material as well as songs from The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
Lisa Bedian, St. Peters’ communications director, told the city’s Board of Aldermen at its May 14 meeting that Poco’s main stage appearance in 2012 drew 10,000-12,000 people.
Firefall, whose hits include “Strange Way” and “Just Remember I Love You,” takes the main stage at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19. That performance is to be followed by fireworks and headliner Burton Cummings, the former lead singer for the Guess Who.
Cummings had five gold and three platinum selling albums with hit singles that include “American Woman,” “No Sugar Tonight,” and “These Eyes.”
Along with the main stage entertainment, the event also features prominent bands that will play the park’s new grand corporate pavilion. Serapis, a local rock group, will play from noon-2 p.m., followed by Butch Wax and the Hollywoods with Theo Peoples at 3 p.m.
Bedian said the celebration is to include 14 carnival rides and that a list of the rides will be on the city’s website (www.stpetersmo.net) soon.
Carnival ride wristbands that allow unlimited rides will be available starting July 1 at city hall lobby and the Rec-Plex registration desk. The wristbands will cost $15 per day if bought in advance or $20 per day if bought at the event.
Free children’s activities include dancing, magic, a project allowing kids to make their own art with help from the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre, and a magician’s performance.
The celebration’s parking arrangements are similar to last year, with free parking available in and near Lakeside 370 Park, and shuttle buses and reserved parking offered. Reserved parking is $20 for residents with a resident’s privilege card and $25 for nonresidents, and will be available starting July 1 at the Rec-Plex and city hall. Sales end at 7 p.m. on Sept. 18.