Russell Thompkins, Jr. and The New Stylistics will again headline and sing all of the favorite classics made famous by the sound of its original lead singer.


SPIRITstaff report

For the second time in as many years, the original lead singer of the internationally-known group, The Stylistics, returns to Delaware County with his group, Russell Thompkins, Jr. and The New Stylistics, to headline the second annual SPIRIT Summer Festival.

The event takes place Saturday, Aug. 27 from 2-8 p.m. at Studevan Field, Hook Road and Sharon Ave. in Darby Township.

Joining the superstar group for an afternoon of music and family-friendly fun will be the Urban Guerilla Orchestra and the J. Wes Project.

“Last year,” said SPIRIT Editor/Publisher Paul A. Bennett, “we had a couple of nice rides for small kids. This year, we’re transforming Studevan Field to look like a major amusement park with something for everybody of all ages. We’ll have a drag race area, a rock wall, a photo booth, a live-animal petting zoo, challenging things for kids and adults who may want to compete against each other and not-so challenging stuff for small children.

”We’ll have wristband-required stuff to ride on, ride in, climb on, climb up and generally have fun,” he said. Wristbands will be available for $5 and $10 for unlimited access to premium rides. General rides and the concerts are all free.

In addition, members of several area fire companies – Sharon Hill, Glenolden, Folcroft, and Darby Township – will compete in a variety of contests including hose pulls, pie-eating, horseshoes and water balloon toss. Children attending will be able to see and experience real fire trucks and vote on which one looks best.

Another addition this year, said Bennett, will be the International Food Truck Circle. Different foods will be available from a variety of food trucks, thus giving attendees a palette of choices.

“Between the music, the rides, the games and contests,” said Bennett, “this will be a great encore to what was a stellar event last year.”

Event sponsors include Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Wells Fargo, Health Partners Plans, Prospect-Crozer Health System, Keystone First, Pennsylvania Treasury – 529 College Fund, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, SEPTA, NHS, The World Threadquarters, Mars Care Home Care, MetroPCS and Gateway Health.

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