Celebrate St. Peters 2018 is about to take on a bit of a country twang.
This year, two country acts are the main stage entertainment on Friday, Sept. 14 at the city’s annual two-day festival at 370 Lakeside Park. Taking the stage at 7 p.m. as the opening act is country singer Jesse Keith Whitley, who has charted 12 country singles on the billboard charts. Whitley is opening for his mother, Lorrie Morgan, and Pam Tillis, who are bringing their “Grits and Glamour Tour” to the festival’s main stage.
Combined Morgan and Tillis have recorded 28 top-10 hits, sold more than 18 million records, and 12 No. 1 songs. Their performances feature tight harmonies on songs like Tillis’ “Maybe it was Memphis,” and “Mi Vida Loca” and Morgan’s “Something in Red” and “Except for Monday.” Both have deep roots in country music. Morgan is the daughter of Country Music Hall of Fame singer George Morgan; Tillis is the daughter of singer and songwriter Mel Tillis.
Lisa Bedian, the city’s communications director, said residents and others have suggested the celebration feature more country acts. Nationally prominent rock groups traditionally have performed on the main stage and Saturday night will be no different.
The opening act at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 will be local rock band Contagious followed by a fireworks display and then, Night Ranger, an extremely popular 1980s band.
Night Ranger, now in its 35th anniversary year, has sold more than 17 million albums, earning multi-platinum and gold album status. Their hits include “Sister Christian, “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me,” and “When You Close Your Eyes.”
In addition to free concerts on the main stage, the two-day event features carnival games and rides, food and craft and merchandise booths.
Unlimited carnival ride tokens are on sale at St. Peters City Hall and St. Peters Rec-Plex through Thursday, Sept. 13. The cost is $20 in advance, compared to $25 at the event. Each token entitles the bearer to unlimited carnival rides at either the Friday evening session [5-10:30 p.m.] or Saturday afternoon session [11 a.m.-5 p.m.]. Single tickets for carnival rides are $1.25 each or 22 tickets for $22; admission to rides will require either two or three tickets.
Three types of parking are offered – reserved parking, free general parking areas with free shuttle service at 370 Lakeside Park, and free satellite parking and shuttle service in designated areas at Mid Rivers Mall.
Reserved parking in the area nearest the festival is available for both Friday evening and all day on Saturday at a cost of $20 for St. Peters residents and $25 for non-resident guests. Reserved parking passes are on sale at City Hall and the Rec-Plex through Friday, Sept. 14.
The Celebrate St. Peters Family Special combines a reserved parking pass with two unlimited carnival ride tokens for $49 for St. Peters residents and $54 for the general public. The Family Special is available through Thursday, Sept. 13.
A resident privilege card is required to receive resident rates for reserved parking passes and the Family Special.