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"Marinette’s sixth annual “Logging & Heritage Festival",Celebrating Marinette’s rich history will be held July 8th and 9th, on Stephenson Island.

 Friday night, July 7th will start the weekend out with the “free” family movie “LEGO MOVIE” at the pavilion on Stephenson Island at dusk.  Also that evening, the Marinette Moose Lodge will be hosting an old fashioned FISH BOIL at Red Arrow Park. Cost and times for this event are still to be determined.

 The Menominee Nation Indian Tribe of Wisconsin will take part in this event with entertainment. This tribe arose where the Menominee River enters Green Bay of Lake Michigan, where the city of Marinette has since developed. The Menominee Nation tribe have traditionally practiced logging is a sustainable manner. They were also among the Native Americans who participated as soldiers in World War II with other United States citizens. They are the only present day tribe in Wisconsin whose origin story states that they have always lived in Wisconsin.

The Logging & Heritage Festival is a non-profit community event run by a committee of volunteers.  Sponsorship donations for the festival go to pay for all of the expenses, such as the : Great Lakes Timber Show, Mischief & Magic entertainment, the inflatable bouncers for the children, “free” ice cream give-always for the children, the Movie, the Bike & Car Show expenses, free shuttle bus, parade bands, Beard Growing contest prizes, disc jockeys, marketing~ advertising, returning stage band performances by the: “OddFellas”(Saturday afternoon), “The COUGAR’S ( Saturday evening) and “OUTLAWD” ( Sunday afternoon).

Many, many other activities are planned throughout the weekend.  Craft Vendors, Food Vendors, Car Show, Wisconsin Trappers display, T.O.A.D education, Ella Smetana 5K Run/Walk, Charity Bike Ride,  Theatre On The Bay presentation, Community Information tent, Bike Rodeo, etc.

Saturday night, at dusk, the Fireworks will be displayed over the water on Stephenson Island.  ** A change due to construction on Riverside Avenue, this year’s Parade will proceed down MAIN STREET.

 The Annual Bike & Car Show will take place following the parade on Stephenson Island from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  The “popular” Beard Growing judging will take place at 2:30 at the Registration area at the car Show.  Trophies for the Bike & Car Show will be presented at 3:00 pm.

A reminder that there will be a FREE shuttle bus, sponsored by Jacks Fresh Market, Menominee location, running constantly throughout the duration of the festival.  To alleviate parking problems, residents are encouraged to use this transportation.

The City of Marinette pays for the fireworks display with money collected from Wisconsin Room Tax funds.  This money is a unique source of revenue from overnight travelers to help subsidize marketing, service and development costs to continue to attract overnight travelers to the area.  This perpetual –funding model contributes to the vitality of the community due to the broad-based expenditures of overnight travelers.

  A requirement, with very limited exceptions, that 70 percent or more of the revenue must be spent on “tourism promotion and development”.   (TPD) as defined in the statue, with each expenditure deemed reasonably likely to generate paid overnight stays in multiple lodging properties in the taxed area. Therefore, the need for sponsorships to help to defray the costs for the rest of the festival.

Community involvement and financial assistance is still needed.  As a reminder, corporate sponsorships continue to be needed.   To ensure inclusion in all printed material, corporate sponsorships should be received by MAY 15.

There are still spaces available for Craft vendors and Parade entries.  For more information, people may call Jan @ 715-732-5120 (Crafters) and Lana @ 715-732-5140 (Parade) Entries are also available at the Marinette Welcome Center, 1680 Bridge Street, Marinette, WI 54143 or check the website: or www.marinettelogging&heritage

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