More than 200 bargain seekers scramble for 500-plus ping pong balls dropped from a ladder truck by Imlay City firefighters on Friday night. The retrieved ping pong balls could be redeemed for prizes at downtown businesses. photo by Tom Wearing.
December 12, 2007
IMLAY CITY — With a stark, black December sky as the backdrop, around 200 people looked skyward Friday evening in anticipation of the Downtown Development Authority's first-ever Snowball Drop.
The surreal setting resembled a futuristic scene out of a Ridley Scott movie, as an eerily-lit fire truck positioned itself behind a snow hill at Lamb-Steele Park and extended its ladder to full height, while firefighters climbed to the top.
After reaching the pinnacle, the firefighters dropped more than 500 snowballs (in the form of ping pong balls) onto the waiting throng below.
In a matter of seconds, the crowd (many of them children) swarmed toward the fallen ping pong balls, quickly snatching up as many as they could grasp in their eager hands.