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Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center 12222 Overseas Highway, Marathon FL 33050 P. 305.743.5417 F. 305.289.0183 FloridaKeysMarathon.com

Visitors and Guests of the Original Marathon Seafood Festival:

8 Profile Fisherman, festival organizer is well-loved

30 Scholarship Kids benefit with generous scholarships

16 Food A peak at what makes the fest taste good

34 Shopping More than 200 vendors cater to ocean enthusiasts

18 Quiz Twelve startling facts about the event, fisheries

36 Profile The next generation is already on the water

26 Music Event doubles as two-day concert

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2017 Marathon Seafood Festival

Now in its 41st year, what began with local commercial fishermen in Marathon, as a way to get together and celebrate the fruits of their labor, is now an amazing event that attracts more than 20,000 people every year. From humble beginnings, the Original Marathon Seafood Festival has blossomed into an event that now has over 250 volunteers, more than 220 vendors and involves many local groups and agencies that help put the familyfun festival together. Each year more than $75,000 in event proceeds find their way back to the pockets of local charitable organizations such as local food banks, daycare centers, cancer research and medical assistance, scholarships, youth sports, and many more. The festival also serves as an economic boon for our local businesses by bringing in thousands of people from around the world. All in all, the Original Marathon Seafood Festival is a win-win for everyone here in Marathon and the Middle Keys. So enjoy the live music, unique gifts, art, boats, games and rides, and most importantly ‌ the freshest seafood in the world. Come on over and visit us both Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12 at Marathon Community Park. On behalf of the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, as well as our event co-organizers the Organized Fishermen of Florida (Marathon chapter), we hope you and your family have a wonderful time at the 41st annual Original Marathon Seafood Festival. Sea you at the festival! Sincerely, Daniel Samess, M.S. CEO, Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center ceo@floridakeysmarathon.com FloridaKeysMarathon.com MarathonSeafoodFestival.com RelocateToTheFloridaKeys.com

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