Support Local, Party Local for Annual Street Party

Posted at 12:02 PM, May 31, 2013

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– It’s a chance to come out and celebrate the local flavor.

Local First, the organization that urges folks to support local business and keep the dollars in West Michigan, hosts their annual Street Party, Saturday June 1. Over 12,000 expected to come out and enjoy local food, local music and local beer.

The 10th Annual Local First Street Party is free and boasts something for everyone.

It features over half a dozen local restaurants selling food, and Founders will release their brand new brew, exclusive to the event.

Organizers say they want people to celebrate their local community while at the same time, come out and make connections with area businesses.

“When you’re buying local, you’re supporting your community so your supporting people who live here in west Michigan and are making a difference everyday,” said Elissa Hillary, Executive Director of Local First.

“We know 73% more money stays in the community if you’re supporting local businesses. We also know if you can shift one in 10 dollars that you’re currently spending to local, it would create 1600 jobs.”

The Local First Street Party runs Saturday from 3 p.m. to midnight.