Visitors have options including food and dance


The Cinco de Mayo celebration will fill downtown Imlay City May 4 as plenty of food, fun and dance will be available for visitors.

IMLAY CITY — Downtown Main St. will be the place to be May 4 when the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration provides an evening of entertainment.

The event, sponsored by the Hispanic Service Center of Imlay City, will run from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and provide plenty of food, fun and street dancing.

Although the special event is a few days away, you can preorder your pork tamales to get you in the spirit of the celebration, by calling 810-724-3665.

A pinata breaking event will swing into action beginning at 11:15 for ages three to five. From 11:30 until 11:45, ages six to eight years old can take a swing at the target and then kids nine to 12 step up to the line from 11:45 until 12 noon.

Mexican dancers take to the street at 12 noon until 1 p.m. while local singers will perform 1 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.

If it’s tacos that make you smile (and feel full) then the taco eating contest is calling your name! Kids 12 and under will test their eating skills beginning at 1:30 p.m., while the big kids, ages 13 and up, step up to the table starting at 1:45 p.m.

For the brave at heart, the tasty jalapeno eating contest takes center stage with kids 12 and under going at it at 2 p.m. while brave souls 13 and older will test their taste buds beginning at 2:15 p.m.

Rounding out the event will be local Mexican dancers who will delight visitors from 2:30 until 3 p.m.

One of the event coordinators, Lourdes Emke said, “we just hope everyone will come out and have a good time. We are hoping people will support us. The crowds seem to get bigger every year. We are excited to have more vendors this year too.”

Sponsors for this year’s event include the Lapeer County Community Foundation, Vintech Industries, Choice One, the Imlay City Downtown Development Authority, Armando’s Vaqurita & Grocery and Third and Main Event Center.

All of the action will take place downtown Imlay City near the intersection of Third and Main Streets.