‘Berry’ Good Time Coming to Downtown Marquette | News, Sports, Jobs


Gracie Buck paints with chalk paint near the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum booth on Main and Front streets during a recent Blueberry Festival. (Photo from newspaper file)

MARQUETTE – Marquette turns blue from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday as the 23rd annual Blueberry Festival returns to downtown town.

The event will feature artists, musicians, pony rides, sidewalk sales and more. In addition to the blueberry mounds being sold, attendees can also purchase fan-favorite combinations such as blueberry pizza and blueberry beer.

“Personally, I am delighted to see so many of our downtown businesses come to this event,” said Tara Laase-McKinney, executive director of Marquette’s Downtown Development Authority. “Many of them are really into the blueberry theme and have all kinds of blueberry related items, foods and specials. They get so creative, especially with food!

Last year, festival organizers reduced the number of vendors as a safety measure. However, this year the festival will return to its usual capacity and will include an additional dozen vendors as well as other downtown businesses.

Local vendors will be present all day and many shops in the city center will offer you “blue” specials too. Musicians will play throughout the event at three separate locations: near Phil Niemisto Pocket Park on West Washington Street, near the corner of Front and Washington Streets, and near the Rosewood Walkway on South Front Street.

The following streets will be closed from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.: the 100 blocks of West Washington, East Washington, West Main, South Front and the 200 block of South Front. All deliveries that day must be rescheduled or must be made on foot from a street adjacent to the event.

For more information, go to https://www.downtownmarquette.org/downtown-events/blueberry-festival or contact Laase-McKinney at 906-228-9475, ext. 104 or email [email protected]

Brennan White can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 248. His email address is [email protected]



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