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Fitness And Style To Highlight 2014 Arts, Beats And Eats Fest In Royal Oak

ROYAL OAK (WWJ) - Summer is barely here but it's not too early to find out what the organizers of Arts, Beats and Eats festival in Royal Oak have in store for this year.

Royal Oak hair salons will be front and center as well as an emphasis on fitness - as this year's Arts, Beat and Eats Festival adds several attractions.

Sixteen hair fashion shows on a variety of stages will be a part of the event this year with live models donning the latest looks, along with sidewalk mannequins in an exhibit called Hair City.

Julia Nicolai is the owner of Aqua Salon in Royal Oak and told WWJ's Ron Dewey that she's excited to be included in the festival this year :

"We are so excited because usually if we are Arts, Beats and Eats we usually have to close down, but this year we actually have a chance to showcase our work and also invite all of our clients and guests to our salon and enjoy the festival," said Nicolai.

It's the fifth year the event has been in Royal Oak and 17th year overall.

"I think the economic impact of the festival is phenomenal, it's been slated in the millions of dollars, just in downtown alone, thirty million in the region," said Event Producer Jonathan Witz. "We partner with at least fifteen non-profits from Royal Oak; each of the five years, a hundred thousand dollars alone has gone to Royal Oak-based non-profit."

Arts, Beats and Eats will also include a 5K, 10K and Walk/Run which will be on Friday.

Zumba returns to the festival after a successful Zumba class enticed over 1200 people to dance, dance, dance last year.

Also this year, Morton's Steakhouse, Andiamo Pizza Pie and Famous Dave's will be added to the line-up of food.

There will be over 200 performances with 10 bands, along with hundreds of artists who will showcase their work for sale, in addition to a juried fine arts show.

The music schedule, though, won't be posted until August. The festival runs Labor Day weekend.

More information on Arts, Beats & Eats [HERE]

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