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Visitors and Guests,

Fishermen call this a “buoy bouquet.” It’s not a good thing; it means the traps underwater are hopelessly tangled by Hurricane Irma. VICKI GALE/Contributed

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Turner family takes on the challenge.

The festival is described in numbers.

Struyf family shares bisque recipe.

Come for the food, stay for the feed.

Listen to country, big band and rock.

Vendors sell a wide array of goods.

Fishermen support local scholarship.

Learn about the ‘Art of Beer.’

Fishermen are rebuilding after storm.

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Now in its 42nd year, what began with local commercial fishermen in Marathon as a way to get together and celebrate the fruits of their labor, is an amazing event that attracts more than 20,000 people every year. More than ever, this iconic event is needed post Hurricane Irma — which knocked us down, but not out — here in the beautiful islands of Marathon. With the help of many we have rebuilt and repaired most properties that were damaged, and I am proud to say about 95% or more of our local businesses are back up and running to serve you and ensure you have a great stay and experience in Marathon and the Florida Keys. The festival serves as an economic boom for our local businesses, especially post-Irma, 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 via the $75,000 in event proceeds which find their way back to the pockets of local charitable organizations such as food banks, daycare centers, medical assistance, scholarships, youth sports, and many other worthwhile causes. 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 10-11 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 42nd 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

GREATER MARATHON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & VISITOR CENTER 12222 Overseas Highway, Marathon FL 33050 P. 305.743.5417 F. 305.289.0183

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