The fourth annual Tukee Fest Rockin' in the Park will mark the first day of the fall season Friday with entertainment and fun for the public to enjoy.

The Ahwatukee Community Swim & Tennis Center is hosting the annual party from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at Ahwatukee Park, 4700 E. Warner Road.

The family-friendly musical event is offering tickets at the door for $5. Children under 12 are free.

All proceeds go to a good cause and will benefit programs at the community center.

There are many family-friendly activities that guests can participate in, including giant slides, a rock wall, face painting, a space wall and video game truck.

Music will begin at 5 p.m. Guests can bring chairs and blankets so they can relax and listen to local bands that will be playing throughout the night.

The bands performing are A Boy named Sioux, Mark Mulligan and Cooper Pointe. Local businesses and sponsors will also be featured at the event.

Lisa Robinson, special event and rental coordinator of the swim and tennis center, said the Tukee Fest provides entertainment for a fairly reasonable price.

"It's a tradition," Robinson said. "The good thing about having it here is that it's in your own backyard."

Robert Toner, lead vocalist of A Boy Named Sioux, said the band first formed in July 2007. They became involved with Tukee Fest that same year and are playing at this year's festival on Friday night.

Toner said that he feels communities in general aren't as strong as they used to be, adding that A Boy Named Sioux enjoys helping out and seeing the local festival unite families and friends.

The band won "Country Group of the Year" at the Phoenix/L.A. Music Awards in 2009 and finished in the top five for "Best Local Band" in the Phoenix New Times in 2010.

Toner said the group will continue to play at the festival in the future.

"As long as we have the time, we'll play (there) as much as we can."

• Kirsten Hillhouse is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. She is a senior at Arizona State University.

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