Dear Editor,

We meant to get this article out much earlier, but we guess better late than never works. This year’s Attica Days was full of surprises. The weather Friday had everyone taking cover in the township hall during a tornado warning. We are sorry to say we had a few crafters who lost tents and possibly inventory. Thankfully the weather decided it was going to behave on Saturday! It was so hard to know what Mother Nature would do, but thank you to the Attica Township Fire Department for another wonderful spaghetti dinner Friday night.

We had some fun inflatables for the kids as well as the petting zoo and the Ruth Hughes library kids central tent. The food vendors in attendance were kept busy Saturday after the weather decided to cooperate.

The music kept everyone entertained while they wandered the festival enjoying the crafters, vendors, food trucks and inflatables.

Thank you to Diana Weingartz and coworkers Michelle Lenz and Heather Sweet for organizing the crafter & vendors. Thank you to the crafters and vendors that were able to return Saturday after the storms on Friday and thank you to everyone in the community that attended the event.

Thanks to Lorry, Audrey and Carol, the kids’ central tent was a success with everything from sand art, giant bubble making carnival games, the Bubble man & more.

Our music coordinator, Keith Davidson did a great job with stage acts and music in the evening in the beer tents. Speaking of the beer tent, thank you to the Imlay City Eagles for manning it. They also organized the festival’s first cornhole tournament on Saturday afternoon. Congratulations to the winners.

The car and motorcycle show continued as planned with Brandon Rowley at the helm and had some beautiful entries. Congrats to all our winners Bill Huss, Ayden Wagner, Mark Wolf, Jon Bannister and Frank Reinthaler! The breakfast by the Attica United Methodist Church’s Mens Group moved from the car show to the church due to weather but it was a success as well.

Kim Davies was involved in everything from parking, soliciting sponsors and working with the volunteers. We can’t leave out that she worked with Lisa Sparks and the Young Marines who jumped in to do everything and anything that was asked of them, especially parking and manning the inflatable rides. Thank you, Kim!

Thank you to Brian Rowley for helping in any way he could, including setting up the kids’ central tent and the beer fencing as well as working in the parking lot.

Our newest member, Cathy Churilla worked hard to get an incredible petting zoo and everything else that was asked of her including selling wristbands & t-shirts.

As always, Jeff Gingell, the township park groundskeeper helped in ways such as moving picnic tables and the bleachers, pulling posts, cleaning up garbage and more. Thank you!!

The Attica Museum was enjoyed by more than 400 visitors. Janet O’Donnell, Nancy Schodowski, Kay Conway, Geri Berry, Arlene Ludington, & Debbie Luotonen all lent a hand. The museum had a drawing for a Coach purse which was won by Anna Bachmann.

The many months of planning not only included the Attica Days Festival committee, but everyone at the township. We would also like to thank the volunteers who showed up to sell wristbands, t-shirts and man the inflatables.

We would especially like to thank our sponsors: R.A. Duthler Land Surveyor, the Township of Attica, BJ’s Maintenance, RYO Distribution, Jim’s Auto & Truck Recycling, Total Marine Technologies, Muir Brothers Funeral Home of Lapeer, Chapman’s Starter & Alternator, American Tree, Owen Tree Service, Owen Lawn Care, JEM Electric Service, Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library, Rowley’s Grocery, Xtreme Shreds, ChoiceOne Bank, Rowley Auctions, D&K Market and Rolling Hills Golf Club for the use of the golf carts.

Thank you and see you next year!!

— Cindy Goerlitz
— Diana Weingartz
Attica Days
Festival co-chairs