WEST HAVEN — The 31st annual Savin Rock Festival will be held from 4-10 p.m. Thursday-Friday, July 26-27; noon-10 p.m. Saturday, July 28 and noon-9 p.m. Sunday, July 29 in Old Grove Park, with a midway of games, food, rides and live music.
Marenna Amusements will offer unlimited rides each day for $25.
Festivalgoers, however, can save $5 per day by buying bracelets in advance in the city clerk and mayor’s offices at City Hall, 355 Main St., and at GoldWorks, 498 Campbell Ave.
On July 27, West Haven’s Marty Ganter, an original member of The Academics, will open the day’s concert lineup, taking the stage at 5 p.m. Ganter was the second tenor in the New Haven doo-wop group, which took the state by storm from 1956 to 1958.
Prime Time will follow at 6 p.m. and Styx cover band Rockin’ the Paradise at 8.
On July 28, civic and fraternal organizations and nonprofit groups will set up booths and tables in the Old Grove. The food court will feature several local vendors.
At 8:15 p.m., Frankie Valli tribute group Ragdoll will play the best of The Four Seasons’ 1960s pop hits, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll” and “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night).” Fast Lane will warm up the crowd at 6 p.m.
On July 29, the festival will close with shows by Phase II at 5 p.m. and Stevie Nicks cover band The Navels at 7.
The West Haven High School Band Parents will hold a craft fair from noon-8 p.m. July 28-29.
The Junior Woman’s Club, a founding organization when the festival began in 1982, will accept votes for a baby contest in the event’s final two days until an hour before winners are announced.
To help with expenses, the Savin Rock Festival Committee will sell polo shirts and T-shirts in the hospitality tent.
If it rains, concerts by Rockin’ the Paradise and Ragdoll will take place at the same time in the West Haven High School auditorium, 1 McDonough Plaza.