Rock the Park expands to 2 days in Albion, adds slip and slide down sledding hill

Photo by Tom Rivers: Nerds Gone Wild, a Buffalo-based band that performs popular songs from the ’80s, closed out a day of music at Bullard Park for the annual Rock the Park summer music festival on Aug. 6, 2022. The band was a big hit with the Albion crowd and will be back on Aug. 5.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 July 2023 at 9:13 am

ALBION – The upcoming Rock the Park in Albion is expanding to two days of music and will include a 200-foot-long slip and slide down the sledding hill at Bullard Park.

Organizers have been urged to expand the event to two days. Rock the Park – Albion Summer Music Festival will start on Friday, Aug. 4 and will feature an open mic the first evening beginning at 6 p.m. on the main stage. Food trucks and a beer tent will open at 4 p.m. on Aug. 4.

Saturday, Aug. 5, features a lineup of nine bands. Food and craft vendors, kids games, and basketball tournament all begin at 11 a.m. A corn hole tournament starts at 1 p.m.

The Albion Fire Department will team with the Greater Albion Community Recreation and Events Corporation, Inc. for the slip and slide. There will be three slides going down the sledding hill and the fire department will keep them slippery with water. There won’t be a charge to go down the slide but donations will be accepted to the Bounce for Bullard effort to put in new basketball courts at the park.

The Greater Albion Community Recreation and Events Corporation, Inc., a non-profit formed to help raise money for the park, on Wednesday evening presented a $2,000 check to the village towards a new pavilion that is under construction. The check was presented to the Village Board by GACRE board members Ron Albertson, Dan Conrad and Susan Oschmann. It came from the proceeds from last year’s festival.

Albertson said more volunteers and sponsors are welcome to help with the event next month.

The music lineup for Aug. 5 includes:

  • Carlton Station on acoustic stage at 11 a.m.
  • Chris Moore on acoustic stage at noon
  • Shotgun Pauly on main stage at 2 p.m.
  • Eclipse on main stage at 3 p.m.
  • Driven on main stage at 4 p.m.
  • Zackstreet Boys on main stage at 5 p.m.
  • Highway 31 on main stage at 6 p.m.
  • The Who Dats on main stage at 7 p.m.
  • Nerds Gone Wild on main stage at 8:30 p.m.