2017-12-06 / Community View

Imlay City turns into Winter Playground


Mr. and Mrs. Claus (County Commissioner Ian Kempf and Lakestone Bank’s Julie Salsido) took the stage to usher in another holiday season before counting down to the annual tree lighting. 
Photos by Nicholas Pugliese Mr. and Mrs. Claus (County Commissioner Ian Kempf and Lakestone Bank’s Julie Salsido) took the stage to usher in another holiday season before counting down to the annual tree lighting. Photos by Nicholas Pugliese IMLAY CITY — Families flocked to the downtown Imlay City area for Winter Playground, the yearly event sponsored by the Imlay City Downtown Development Authority, the Imlay City Chamber of Commerce and area businesses. Mr. and Mrs. Claus highlighted an evening of events and crafts, including the annual Winter Parade and tree lighting ceremony.

Nicholas Pugliese



North Branch’s Peyton Shepherd helped out 4-year-old Emma Lindsey of Attica with a craft at the Print Shop in downtown Imlay City. North Branch’s Peyton Shepherd helped out 4-year-old Emma Lindsey of Attica with a craft at the Print Shop in downtown Imlay City.

Imlay City High School freshmen Olivia Ericson, Lexis Beadia and Ella Brunelle donned the Santa hats and adorned their instruments with festive lights to march in the annual Winter Parade. Imlay City High School freshmen Olivia Ericson, Lexis Beadia and Ella Brunelle donned the Santa hats and adorned their instruments with festive lights to march in the annual Winter Parade.

Four-year-old Ty Knotts of Lapeer, along with Sally Haggadone of Imlay City, showed off a custom bookmark crafted at Castle in the Sky Bookstore. Four-year-old Ty Knotts of Lapeer, along with Sally Haggadone of Imlay City, showed off a custom bookmark crafted at Castle in the Sky Bookstore.

Five-year-old Madison Ball of Shelby Township got a little help with crafts from Campbell’s Local Harvest’s Andrea Kirchoff in the Imlay City Police Dept. office before the tree lighting ceremony outside. Five-year-old Madison Ball of Shelby Township got a little help with crafts from Campbell’s Local Harvest’s Andrea Kirchoff in the Imlay City Police Dept. office before the tree lighting ceremony outside.

Siblings Savannah, 7, and Nathaniel Atkins, 4, of Imlay City enjoyed crafts and hot cocoa during the Ruth Hughes Library Hot Cocoa Hullabaloo. Siblings Savannah, 7, and Nathaniel Atkins, 4, of Imlay City enjoyed crafts and hot cocoa during the Ruth Hughes Library Hot Cocoa Hullabaloo.

Students at Imlay City Christian School piled into the school’s float at the Winter Parade. This year’s parade theme was “Winter Express.” Students at Imlay City Christian School piled into the school’s float at the Winter Parade. This year’s parade theme was “Winter Express.”

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