Cicada killers (Sphecius speciosus) are a little known, but rather frightening looking member of the wasp family that are very much at home in Oakland County. Just the fact that the word “killer” is part of their name draws attention and causes unnecessary anxiety and fear.
You may have seen cicada killers already without even knowing what they were. They are emerging now and are often misidentified as yellowjackets or baldfaced hornets. That misidentification is not surprising, since cicada killers bear a strong resemblance to yellowjackets—very big yellowjackets. However, unlike yellowjackets and baldfaced hornets that respond ferociously in a defensive manner if their papery nest is disturbed, cicada killers are solitary creatures and tend to totally ignore humans, even humans that intrude into their territory or disturb their underground tunnels.
The event features an abundance of awesome activities, from an air show put on by professional aviators to rides in helicopters and airplanes. In addition, attendees can peruse the airport grounds and learn about a classic World War II aircraft and a variety of military, commercial, and civilian air vehicles.
General admission for the event is entirely free for attendees. Thanks to a generous donation by Dick Moy, in honor of his late wife Sim Moy, there will be no charge for parking this year. If you are interested in experiencing the thrill of flying, airplane and helicopter rides are $45 per person.
Check out our video for a sneak peek at what you can expect:
“Our goal here is to reach any Oakland County resident struggling with food insecurity. We don’t want our families to scrimp on other essentials, like rent or utilities or medicines, so they can make sure they don’t go hungry.”
-Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter
The county is also allocating $250,000 to the Double Up Food Bucks program, which doubles the money for fresh produce at farmers markets for people eligible for food assistance.
If you’re looking to wet your whistle, we’ve got you covered (21 and older only). Oakland County has a wide variety of breweries, wineries, cideries, distilleries, and meaderies where you can raise a glass. You’ll find better ingredients, seasonal selections, and, of course, better taste! Take a look at our list and interactive map below before you head out to support your favorite local businesses. Cheers!
Celebrate National Waterpark Day on July 28 by visiting Red Oaks Waterpark or Waterford Oaks Waterpark this week! Both waterparks feature awesome, must-see attractions that are sure to entertain the entire family.