Entries sought for Imlay City’s 150th event


IMLAY CITY — There’s still time to sign up for the Sesquicentennial Parade happening on Saturday, August 14 at 4 p.m.

Everyone—whether a business, organization, school group or family—is encouraged to participate.

“We invite everyone who loves a good parade to sign up and join in on the fun,” said Imlay City Chamber of Commerce Director Shannon Hamel.

“For businesses, the parade is a great way to promote what you do and connect with old and new customers.”

As is tradition, participants will have the chance to hand out promotional items along the parade route.

Entries can include anything from a float, to a vehicle or even people walking. Those who create a particularly unique or creative entry will be in the running for a trophy.

The Chamber will present awards for ‘Mayor’s Choice,’ ‘Judge’s Choice,’ ‘Sesquicentennial Parade Favorite’ and ‘Most Patriotic.’

Hamel said the trophies will be awarded during parade line up at the Eastern Michigan State Fairgrounds. That means those that nab some hardware can proudly display it along the parade route.

The parade, which is being billed as “the biggest parade Imlay City has ever seen,” will wind its way through town beginning at the fairgrounds north on Almont Ave., head east on Third Street, north on Main Street and west on Fifth Street. Participants will head south on Almont Avenue on their way back to the Fairgrounds.

Parade participants will begin lining up at the fairgrounds at 1 p.m. They’ll be greeted by former Citizen of the Year Julie Salsido and other parade volunteers. Barb Yockey—past Chamber President— and her husband, City Commissioner Frank Demske, will announce the entries as they roll by.

There’s no cost to participate except for those entries with political affiliations. They must pay a $25 fee.

Parade applications are currently available at the Imlay City Hall at 150 N. Main St., or at the Chamber of Commerce office inside the Halibicky Insurance Group building at 335 E. Third St. and in this edition of the Tri-City Times.

For questions or further information about the Sesquicentennial Parade and related activities, call Hamel at 810-542-3256, or email executivedirector@imlaycitymich.com.