Exhibit, cruise brings neighbors together in Marquette Township

MARQUETTE – Marquette Township’s third annual “Catch the Vision” car show and cruise will welcome a variety of new and classic cars to participate starting at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Applebee’s parking lot with the cruise starting at 2 p.m. and traveling around Presque Isle.

Marquette Township Manager Randy Girard said the event has grown every year since it began in 2012.

“It’s been extremely well-attended and very popular,” he said. “In fact, it has been a model for other shows that have sprung up around the U.P.”

The event is planned and sponsored by the Marquette Township Events Committee Volunteers along with Applebee’s, Great Lakes Radio and the Marquette Township Business Association.

“It’s sponsored by the community events committee, whose charge it is to identify activities and events that will enhance our sense of community and bring people together, to get neighbor-to-neighbor and neighbor-to-business owner interaction and cohesion,” Girard said.

But the event is also an opportunity to benefit a good cause.

“One of the major aspects is we ask everybody who comes – whether you’re a participant in the car show or just a visitor – we ask that you bring something to donate to the food bank. St. Vincent de Paul has a truck right there,” Girard said. “(Bring) a canned good or dry good to help restock the local food bank.”

Registered participants and their guest will receive a free lunch, and there’s a raffle with about 150 different prizes and no registration fee, Girard said. It will begin at 1:30 p.m.

“It’s one of the only (raffles) I know of that there’s no cost or entry fee or anything,” he said. “And Applebee’s provides a free lunch to all the participants. The public can make a contribution and also participate. But if you bring a car, you get a free lunch basically, and you’re also going to be entered into the raffle.”

Girard said on average about 150 car enthusiasts have participated, and the variety of cars attracts many members of the public as well.

“Last year, we had everything from a 1950 vintage BMW three-wheeled car – a tiny thing – up to current-day hot rods, fancy cars, Model A’s (and) Model T’s,” Girard said. “There are all kinds of different cars that come. It’s really targeted to any car you want to bring, car enthusiasts.”

The car show and cruise will proceed rain or shine, Girard said.

The event starts at 10 a.m. with registration at Applebee’s parking lot until 11 a.m., where participants will receive tickets for the lunch and raffle. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the car exhibit and outdoor meal will take place, and the raffle is at 1:30 p.m.

From 2-3 p.m., cars will form a line and cruise down U.S. 41 to Commerce Drive, east on Wright Street, to Lakeshore Boulevard, around Presque Isle and back up Wright Street, south on Lincoln Avenue, to Washington, to U.S. 41 and back to Applebee’s.