On Saturday residents will have an opportunity to help a good cause while having a great time.
UPtoberfest has become an annual autumn event in Escanaba, now entering its eighth year. The festival features beer and wines for patrons to sample as well as good food and entertainment. Each year it grows in popularity.
We think the best part of this event is that it gives back to the community. All money raised from the event is earmarked for the United Way of Delta County. The United Way of Delta County is one of the most far-reaching local charities. The United Way supports numerous community agencies and organizations that help everyone from infants to senior citizens. The funds the United Way raises through its annual campaign are put to good use.
One of the ways to help the United Way is to attend UPtoberfest this Saturday. It is being held in its traditional location - behind Hereford & Hops from 2 to 7 p.m.
A group that deserves a pat on the back is the Bay de Noc Brewers, the local homebrew club. They have organized UPtoberfest for the past five years and make the fundraiser for the United Way possible. The event would not exist without their hard work.
A side benefit of UPtoberfest is its promotion of brewing industry - which is proving to be very popular in Michigan. In fact, this year's festival will features beer and wines exclusively from Michigan - most from the U.P. and northern Lower Peninsula. Some of the breweries and wineries being featured are: Algomah Acres Honey Farm, Mass City; Bell's Brewing Company, Kalamazoo (groundbreaking for a new brewery in Escanaba takes place Friday); Blackrocks Brewing Company, Marquette; Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids; Greenbush Brewing Company, Sawyer; Hereford & Hops, Escanaba; Keweenaw Brewing Company, Houghton; Liberty Street Brewing Company, Plymouth; New Holland Brewing Company, Holland; Odd Side Ales, Grand Haven; Ore Dock Brewing Company, Marquette; Short's Brewing Company, Bellaire; Soo Brewing Company, Sault Ste Marie; and Threefold Vine Winery, Garden.
UPtoberfest is a good time for a good cause. Everyone wins.