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Mid-East Festival offers three days of food, games, and music – MLive.com

FLINT TWP, MI — The Mid-East Festival returns this weekend for its latest installment at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church in Flint Township.

The three-day festival running from Friday, July 14 through Sunday, July 16 at the church, 4133 Calkins Road, includes rides, music, raffles, food, church tours, and a pair of fireworks shows.

“People come out for the food. It’s all homemade,” said Jason Klanseck, one of the event’s organizers. “They stay for the entertainment.”

Lamb and beef kabobs, beef and chicken shawarma, falafel, stuffed grape leaves, tabouli, baklava, maamooul, and drinks are among the authentic Lebanese food offerings during the festival.

Belly dancers and live music are part of the live entertainment along with fireworks shows for spectators at dusk on Friday night and Saturday night on the church grounds.

The festival returned in 2008 following a 13-year hiatus. Hours for the festival are 11:30 a.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday.

“It’s mainly to introduce our faith and culture,” said Father Pierre Bassil, a priest at the church, adding that his parish includes families who have immigrated from not only Lebanon, but also Palestine, Iraq, Jordan and other countries in the Middle East.

“We’re known for our hospitality,” Bassil said.

Admission to the festival is free, but there is a charge for rides, parking, and food purchases. For a look at the full menu, rides, and entertainment schedule visit mideastfestival.com.

-Terray Sylvester contributed to this report. 

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