Food Fest a big success

MARQUETTE – With good weather and a crowd several thousand strong piling into the Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette Thursday evening to see the July 4 fireworks display, the 28th Annual International Food Fest will likely go down as another success.

“If all goes right, we’ll be able to go back to the community with about $30,000,” said Marquette County Exchange Club Treasurer Jim Ingle Friday evening as the festival was winding down.

The club always hosts the annual festival in the Lower Harbor park over the July 4 holiday, using all the proceeds to help support local non-profit organizations.

With 11 vendors offering a wide array of foods, people flocked down to the harbor over the three-day festival, listening to live music while enjoying the various culinary dishes available to them.

With 28 years under its belt, Ingle said the festival was fast approaching the $300,000 mark in its funding of local non-profits.

Ingle said the club was also able to hand out in excess of 8,000 American flags to bystanders during a number of July 4 parades held throughout Marquette County.

“We like to do that so that when the veterans come by, all these American flags are waving,” Ingle said.

Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. Her email address is