Food fest is deserving of much community support

Forget about that fishy smell harbors and marinas are known for. Starting today and running through the Fourth of July, Marquette’s Lower Harbor will have all the delicious scents of a carnival.

Kicking off at noon today is the 2018 International Food Fest, which is hosted by the Exchange Club of Marquette County.

Every year, the festival brings hundreds of people down to Ellwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park to imbibe beverages, enjoy a diverse selection of foods offered by local vendors and kick back to listen to some free live music.

Not only is the food fest a fun way to celebrate the Fourth of July, but it’s also a way to support your community.

If you’ve ever looked at the photos of the many generous people and groups featured on The Mining Journal’s Spotlight page, then you’re likely familiar with the exchange club.

The exchange club takes proceeds it raises from the Fourth of July food fest and donates that money to all sorts of local organizations, from trails clubs and school groups, to veterans and first responders.

More than $900,000 has been donated to area nonprofits, and all that money was generated from the proceeds of past food fests.

We’re grateful for all that the exchange club provides to our community groups, and for throwing a pretty darn good party to celebrate the birth of our country.

The food fest will be open from noon to 10:30 p.m., and we encourage you to head down to the harbor in the next few days.

You won’t be disappointed, and you can go home with a full belly, knowing that you helped support our community.