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Discovering downtown Marion

Spend your night getting to know Marion, Indiana

By Lily Smith | Contributor

Payne’s Restaurant’s food truck will be feeding the crowds at the Discover Downtown Marion event this Friday!

Payne’s Restaurant’s food truck will be feeding the crowds at the Discover Downtown Marion event this Friday!

Are you looking for a Friday night of fun?

Discover Downtown Marion is your solution. On Friday, Oct. 12, grab some of your closest pals, hop in a car and head to downtown Marion.

The Discover Downtown Marion event is a chance to engage more fully with the city of Marion, Indiana. Mikayla Marazzi, director of marketing and communications for the Grant County Economic Growth Council describes it as a self-guided tour of Marion.

The downtown area will be bursting with goings-on for various age ranges. These activities include pop-up art exhibits, tours through government buildings, food trucks, live music and more. Local favorites such as Payne’s Restaurant, The Abbey Coffee Co. and The Branch will be serving their cuisine during the event. Local businesses like Bri B Boutique, Nutcracker Sweets and West 5th Creative will also be selling their products.

If you have a more childlike personality, stopping by the family fun section of the event might suit you. Get a balloon animal, color with chalk, receive a face painting and more!

This event is aimed toward all of the people in Grant County, giving them an opportunity to explore the talent, food and people tucked away in Marion.

Senior Anna Cummings is currently working with the Grant County Economic Growth Council as a marketing and business development intern. She has helped to organize and plan the event.

As a Taylor student myself, I know people sometimes feel like there’s nothing going on in the area—but that misconception can cause us to really miss out!” Cummings said. “This event is going to provide a lot of food, fun, and entertainment in one place and would be a great way for students to get out into the community and see what Grant County has to offer. I personally am really looking forward to the building tours and live music.”

With no charge of admission, this event is the perfect opportunity to get off campus, hang out with friends and learn more about the community of Grant County.

The event is from 5 p.m.9 p.m., on 101 E. 4th St., Marion, Indiana.

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