The Imlay City DDA was very proud to co-host the 2022 Cinco de Mayo Celebration downtown on May 5 alongside The Hispanic Service Center. This event was made possible by the generous sponsorships of ChoiceOne Bank, Vintech and Third & Main Event Center.

We want to thank Imlay City High School art teacher, Mr. Irwin for sharing two of his talented students for Day of the Dead Face Painting. These young ladies had a standing line for the entire event.

Local resident Jazmin Aguilar and her daughter were on site providing tinsel braiding for event goers.

Food for the Taco Eating Contest was generously provided by our own local Taco Bell.

If you have never had any candy from Chilito, you do not know what you are missing! Our tastebuds and senses of smell savored the fare provided by The Hispanic Service Center and Hernandez Taco Truck.

Kudos to DJ Maury for providing the backdrop of music, and the Folklorico Dancers of Detroit for their amazing one-hour show.

The stage for our eating heroes and dancers was provided by the Eastern Michigan State Fair Board.

It takes many hands to make a successful event and the DDA appreciates each and every hand that joined with ours. Speaking of helping hands, I certainly do not want to forget to share my heartfelt appreciation for my assistant, and our new Farmers Market Manager, Mariya Stout, for walking with me every step of the way, especially with set up for our event and returning the corner of Third and Main Streets to business-as-usual after the festivities.

The best part of my job is seeing our community enjoy the events that we bring to downtown Imlay City. I was warmed by many familiar faces and smiled on by a host of new. Planning for Cinco de Mayo 2023 is already underway.

The DDA excitedly looks forward to spending the summer of 2022 with you all. Please like our Downtown Imlay City and Imlay City Farmers Market pages to receive updates for all of the exciting happenings downtown this summer.

—Lorrelei A. Natke,
Imlay City DDA Director