Inaugural Baraga Harvest Festival set

MARQUETTE – The 100 block of West Baraga Avenue, with its eclectic mix of businesses, will be the site of the inaugural Baraga Harvest Festival Saturday.

The event will take place from 4 to 8 p.m.

Lizzie Corser, Marquette Downtown Development Authority marketing and administrative assistant, said the DDA wanted to bring a big fall event back to the downtown.

“The businesses have all been very involved in the planning process,” Corser said.

The festivalt will include food from Eastside Originals, live music, street dance, children’s activities and a “big wheels petting zoo.”

In addition, kids can play on a variety of trucks, including a cement mixer, a plow, a firetruck and a bucket truck from the Marquette Board of Light and Power.

Street dancing and live entertainment will include the State 51 Band and Plaid Billy Goats. There also will be plenty of culinary offerings such as live-cooking demonstrations, cider pressing, Everyday Wines beer and wine tastings, an outdoor beer-and-liquor garden at Breakers Roadhouse and a tea-and-dessert tent hosted by the Marquette Baking Company, the Dead River Coffee Company and Garden Bouquet and Design.

There will be youth activities hosted by the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum and the Marquette Regional History Center, a croquet obstacle course with a historical path, a beanbag toss, cornhusk doll- making and bobbing for candy, apples and cookies.

Old-time cartoon movie shorts will be projected on the Marquette Regional History Center and Garden Bouquet and Design will offer free recycled flower crafts.

For more information, call the DDA at 228-9475.

Christie Bleck can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.