Welcome to Historic Downtown Imlay City!

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Welcome to Historic Downtown Imlay City!

Whether it is an abundance of things to do, or a pleasant smile and friendly atmosphere you desire, Imlay Cityís Historic Downtown Depot District offers both. Nestled amongst the quiet tree-lined streets of Michiganís Thumb Region, Downtown Imlay City provides locals and visitors a wealth of opportunity and possibility. With a great mix of businesses, outstanding service, and a pleasant environment, why go anywhere else? Please take a moment to visit our many shops, eateries and service establishments. We guarantee you will be greeted with a smile as you indulge in all Imlay City has to offer!

The Imlay City Downtown Development Authority is once again sponsoring the Annual Scarecrow Contest


On Thursday, September 25th, community members can learn how to build a scarecrow at The McKinley Meeting Place, 156 East Third Street, from 6-8pm.  Scarecrow frames will be available in limited quantities during the demonstration and at the City offices, 150 North Main Street, for $10.  There is no charge for non-profits.  Previously used frames may be used again this year.  Participants may bring materials to build their scarecrow while attending the demonstration.

  Once decorated, the scarecrows are to be returned to the City offices by Monday, October 6 and will be displayed in downtown Imlay City throughout the month of October.

Judging of the scarecrows will take place before the Merchant Trick or Treat on Saturday, October 25th.  The annual Merchant Trick or Treat will be held from 11am-1pm throughout Imlay City with over 40 businesses participating.

 Cash prizes will be awarded to non-business entries with first place receiving $100, second place receiving $50 and third place receiving $25.

Imlay City merchants are encouraged to participate and although not eligible for cash prizes, a lot is at stake.

We are adding a merchant category this year and awarding a 'Best in Show' trophy to the most creative scarecrow made by a business. The winner of this category will receive a trophy and of course there will be bragging rights.

More information regarding the scarecrow contest can be found at www.icdda.comor call Dana Walker at the DDA office, 810-724-2135.


       Imlay City Cemetery Tour
On Thursday, October 2, the Imlay City Downtown Development Authority and the Historical Museum will sponsor a cemetery tour that will take participants to the Imlay City Township Cemetery.
Tours will begin at the Farmers' Market at 2pm and 3:30pm when participants will board a van, sponsored by Mid-Valley Transportation, and head north to the Township Cemetery.
There museum volunteers will give tours of the cemetery and give details on the lives of the people buried there. Participants will receive a booklet entitled 'A Journey North to Imlay's Silent City' which provides further information regarding the deceased and a key to the symbols found on gravestones.
A five dollar donation is suggested and tickets will be available at the Farmers' Market on October 2. Those wishing to register early may call the DDA office at 724-2135. A maximum of 12 tickets per tour will be available.
The Imlay City Farmers' Market is held every Thursday through October 30 from 1-6pm and is located at the corner of Main and Third Streets.
For more information regarding the Cemetery Tours, the Farmers' Market and the Downtown Development Authority, please visit www.icdda.com or call 724-2135.
                                                              Parade and tailgating party
The Imlay City High School Homecoming Parade will march through downtown on Friday, October 3.  Before the parade, local merchants will host a tailgating party!


Join us downtown on Friday, October 3 beginning at 4pm for food and fun.  Local merchants will be on Third Street dishing out treats.  The parade begins at 5pm.


If you are a merchant wishing to participate, please contact the Chamber of Commerce at 724-1361.


Go Spartans!





Buy Local

The Imlay City Downtown Development Authority and the Imlay City Area Chamber of Commerce are proud to be sponsoring a Buy Local campaign! Make sure to look for the beautiful posters hanging in area stores.
If you are a business located in the Downtown or a Chamber member, we have great news!  Phase 5 of the Buy Local campaign is in effect.  If you are interested in the cooperative advertising opportunity currently available, please contact the DDA office at 724-2135.

Why Buy Local?  Click here to discover the importance of buying local.
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