2017-07-12 / Front Page

Attica Days fun set for this weekend

BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 • pfoley@mihomepaper.com

ATTICA TWP. — After skipping a year, Attica residents are back in a party mood. The Attica Days festival begins at 2 p.m. Friday (July 14) at the Attica Township Park on Peppermill Road just west of Lake Pleasant Road for two days of fun.

“People in Attica are not there to make money,” said Diane Malczewski. “We just want to have a good time.”

Four years ago Attica Township Supervisor Al Ochadleus revived the township’s decades-old summer homecoming event and dubbed it Attica Days. The idea began brewing in 2010 when the township held Bring Back Attica Days/Team Attica Auto Show to mark the opening of the Attica Museum.

Last year the event stumbled when organizers couldn’t recruit enough volunteers. “Most of us are in our late 60s,” Malczewski said. But this year the festival is back even bigger and better. “We wanted a big yard party with lots of fun family entertainment,” she said.

The food vendor offerings will include hot dogs, burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, pizza, cookies, kettle corn, donuts, wraps, gyros, pretzels, cotton candy, pickled eggs and gourmet chips.

The Imlay City Eagles’ beer tent will be home to two evenings of entertainment. The Whiskey Brothers will take stage at 9 p.m. Friday and Second and Stone will light things up at 9 p.m. Saturday

From 4 to 7 p.m. Friday the Attica Township Fire Dept. will host a spaghetti dinner at the fire hall.

The Funny Face Alpaca Tent will be open all day Friday and Reason to Rock will be the kids’ headliner from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Elk Lake Methodist Church Men’s Group will kick things off at 7 a.m. Saturday with a pancake breakfast.

Registration for the classic car show will start at the park at 8 a.m., but Bill Winslow, who’s organizing the parade, said many of those cars will be back over at the Lapeer Community Church on Lake Pleasant at 10:30 a.m. when the Attica Days parade starts to form.

Since the parade has no registration form, Winslow said, “I have no idea how many will show up.” But the first three parades averaged about 30 units.

Along with classic cars, antique tractors and more than a few golf carts, there will be a monster truck and a couple of floats.

Township Trustee Rich Lacey and his wife, Sue, will be this year’s parade grand marshals. The Laceys, Winslow said, have lived in Attica more than three decades and along with serving on the township board, Rich once was a volunteer firefighter. They’ve both volunteered for every Attica Days festival and they also volunteer at the food bank at the Methodist church.

The parade on Saturday will head south on Lake Pleasant Road at 11 a.m. and turn west on Peppermill Road before turning into the township complex.

At 1 p.m. the kid’s tent will open with activities and a magician and a strawberry shortcake social will be held at the park’s gazebo.

From 3 to 4 p.m. Twisted Magic, a belly dance group, will perform at the park.

The Seven Ponds Astronomy Club will have their telescopes at the park Saturday night and American Family Fireworks will set the sky ablaze with a fireworks display at dusk.

For more information, visit AtticaDays.com or call 810-724-8128.

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