IMLAY CITY — Grab your pet and get creative for the annual Michigan Busker Fest Pet Parade on Friday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Barbara L. Yockey Law Office, participants will be in the running for trophies and barking or bragging rights.
"We hope a lot of people come out for this year's event and have fun with it," Barb Yockey said.
"You don't have to be a kid to participate either. We have a lot of adults that come and dress up with their pets.
Yockey also stressed that all pets are welcome, from the smallest hermit crab to the mightiest thoroughbred.
Costumes and other attire is often sports themed, both collegiate and professional, and Yockey said her personal favorite are those in the Michigan State Spartan green and white. Again, like the variety of pets welcome, so too are the variety and kinds of costume, she said.
"A lot of kids work hard on those costumes and it's often a head to toe creation. It's incredible fun to see," Yockey said.
Registration begins at 5:45 p.m. in front of city hall on Main Street. Starting at 6:30 p.m., participants will parade south on Main Street to Third Street and then head west to Bancroft St. At the stage there, the judges' choices will be announced and trophies handed out.
Entries will be judged in nine categories—Best Busker Canine Act, Best Busker Pet Costume, Best Look Alike, Most Patriotic, Most Team Spirit, Too Darn Cute, Best Superhero, Fastest Tail Wag and Judges Choice—and in two different age groups for each: 0-8 years and 9 years and up.
Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she and her family reside in the Capac area where she enjoys gardening and reading.