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He's comin' to town Saturday

Santa drops in at noon on Dec. 11 for parade in downtown Imlay City

Santa Claus makes his return visit to Imlay City this Saturday, Dec. 11, when he rides in the Christmas Parade, beginning at noon downtown.

December 08, 2010
IMLAY CITY — The wait is over for local children and adults anxious to come face-to-face with a seasonal icon.

At noon this Saturday, the "Big Man," aka Santa Claus, makes his yearly sojourn from the North Pole, landing squarely in the middle of downtown Imlay City.

While in town, St. Nick will be the guest of honor for the 2010 Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Imlay City Area Chamber of Commerce.

The parade also features the Imlay City High School Marching Band, Imlay City firefighters and fire trucks, local veterans groups, Boy and Girl Scouts and numerous floats and marching units.

Chamber Director Kim Marrone says she has put in a request with Mother Nature for good weather. She's anticipates a big crowd to mark the official arrival of the Christmas holiday season. Besides the parade, many businesses citywide will host "Customer Appreciation Day" with special sales, promotions and extended business hours.

The parade lineup begins at 11 a.m. in the Lamb-Steele Building parking lot. Parade participants are asked to not toss candy or other items from vehicles or floats. However, candy may be handed out along the parade route.

Following the parade, Santa Claus visits the Imlay City Historical Museum to meet with children, hear their Christmas wishes and pose for photos. Parents and grandparents are advised to bring their own cameras.

More fun downtown

Also on Saturday, early risers can feast on a Pancake Breakfast from 8-11 a.m. at the Imlay City Eagles Hall.

At 1 p.m., children's author Dana Lehman visits The Learning Depot on Third Street, where she will sign copies of her books. A representative from Seven Ponds Nature Center follows with a discussion of native animal species.

At 2 p.m., head over to the Ruth Hughes Memorial Library, where popular musician Ray Champion plays holiday songs and leads attendees in a Christmas sing-along. Light refreshments will be provided.

Also after the Parade, the Desert Angels will host their Christmas Packing Party at the Senior Center inside the Lamb-Steele building.

Everyone is welcome to join in and help fill boxes for shipment overseas.

Donations are also being sought for the boxes, including Christmas cookies. Other suggested items include socks, baby wipes, beef jerky, snack foods, pillowcases, pillows, sheets, hand warmers, dark colored stocking caps, phone calling cards, disposable cameras, notes of encouragement and thanks from both adults and children. Items for the military working K-9 dogs include silicone brushes, paw and nose salve, eye drops, water bowls, medium-large dog biscuits, Kong toys and dog beds. Donations may be dropped off ahead of time at the senior center or Tri-County Bank.

For more details about the parade or Merchants Appreciation Day, contact Kim Marrone at 724-1361.

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.
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