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Imlay City Chamber of Commerce

August 27, 2008
Ok, it's time...time to slow down and smell the flowers and thank you all for your support of the 28th Annual Blueberry Festival and the Eastern Michigan Fair! With the two events combined we had nearly 50,000 visitors stop and take notice of our town! When you think of it like that, it's incredible! Imlay City's population is nearly 4,000, we had 12 times our town's population stop in our city limits. After speaking with many business owners and managers, the overall opinion is good news! The festival or fair may have only impacted their sales to a small degree, but no matter how small it still helped! The hope, of course, is that festival and fairgoers will visit us once again very soon!

Just around the corner is another large event for Imlay City. The 22nd Woods-N-Water News Outdoor Weekend, September 5, 6 and 7. This event is sponsored by Woods-N-Water News, Michigan's largest outdoor publication, right here in Imlay City. With 15,000 visitors expected to attend, this is another opportunity for businesses to capitalize on increased traffic in Imlay City. We encourage all businesses to offer specials and welcome the many visitors to our wonderful community. For more information about the Outdoor Weekend, visit

Have you taken the time to come downtown and view Imlay City's two murals, located on the side of the Learning Depot at 244 E. Third St.? Artists Arla Slogar and Linda Dyball painted the murals that reflect the rich history of Imlay City and the area. Featured prominently on the paintings are Dr. George Jones and Charles Palmer. Charles Palmer was not the founder of Imlay, but he is the reason it grew to a city. He brought the railroad to Imlay City, which connected this remote village to areas of the Thumb and Detroit. More than 70 trains run through Imlay City yet today as a result of Charles Palmer. Dr. George Jones was chosen for his contributions to the area. Besides being the first doctor and postmaster in town, he also was instrumental in building the first school and a key figure in organizing the Eastern Michigan Fair for over 50 years. Both artists worked closely on all aspects of the painting, making each piece reflect the other.

Remember, "Good Morning'' Imlay City is held the third Tuesday of each month at the Days Inn, 6692 Newark Rd. at 7:30 a.m. I invite you to join us and other Chamber members for breakfast, news, and networking opportunities with our business neighbors. The public is invited and welcome to attend. Cost is $5 for Chamber members and $6 for non-members. Only three sponsors per breakfast, networking priceless!

The DDA's summer movie series has become very popular and is coming to a close on Thursday, August 28. Bring your blankets and chairs and imagine being at the drive-in. The entire family will love our last movie, Shrek III. The movie will begin at dusk in the Lamb-Steele Park, behind City Hall, 150 N. Main St. in Imlay City.

Imlay City's Summer Concert Series' last concert is Tuesday, August 26 at 7 p.m., presenting "My Tribute to Elvis'' in the Lamb-Steele Park, located behind City Hall.

Thank you to renewing Chamber members; Climate Guard, American Lawn Sprinkler, Inc., Countryside Banquet Center & Catering, and County of Lapeer.

Our next Imlay City Area Chamber of Commerce Board meeting will be held Monday, September 15 at City Hall at 5:30 p.m. If you have information for this column, please feel free to contact the Chamber office, inside City Hall, or call 810-724-1361.

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