2018-03-04 / Insight

Excitement building for Busker Festival

IMLAY CITY — With the first annual Michigan Busker Festival only a few short months away, the Imlay City Chamber of Commerce has been working around the clock booking featured performers and side events. The festival is scheduled for Father’s Day weekend and will be replacing the Imlay City Blueberry Festival.

According to Imlay City Chamber Event Coordinator Shannon Hamel, the excitement is building as the festival approaches. “We are excited on what’s to come. We have locked in all eight of our buskers that will be on four stages,” said Hamel. “Sam Malcolm is one of the eight, he is a worldwide juggler and is also a comedian. He reached out to us as soon as he heard Imlay City was having a busker festival.”

In addition to Malcolm, also signed on to perform is Andrew Lopatin, a musician famous for playing two guitars at once. In lieu of fireworks at this year’s festival, Hamel said they’ve got something else planned. “(Fire-based performance troupe) Ohio Burn Unit is what will replace the Saturday night fireworks, they have been in Hollywood movies and have multiple Guinness World Records,” Hamel said.

While the fireworks have been replaced, Hamel said several aspects of the Blueberry Festival will be retained. “We are still keeping some of the stuff from the Blueberry Festival - the parade for one, we will be changing the route to go downtown on Third Street to Main, then to Fourth and (it) will take place Saturday at 5 p.m.,” she said. “We will have a kids’ tent with contests, buskers teaching their craft and a make-and-take craft.” Also returning will of course be the beverage tent, which Hamel said will be considerably larger this year.

For more on the Michigan Busker Festival, visit www.michiganbuskerfest.com for up to date information. For questions about the festival or other events, call Hamel at 810-542-3256.

— Nicholas Pugliese

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