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Arlington celebrates annual Street Fair

 

Christopher Andersson

Dixie Burgess, left, and Lindsey Burgess look at some local crafts and jewelry from one of the vendors at the Arlington Street Fair on July 8.

More than a hundred small vendors and other organizations set up along Olympic Avenue this July to participate in the annual Arlington Street Fair.

The fair was held from July 8 to 10 this year and is sponsored by the Downtown Arlington Business Association (DABA).

DABA president Mike Britt said that the fair held more booths than last year. "We had a lot of good variety of vendors," he said, including food vendors, folk art, homemade crafts, and woodworking items from small independent businesses from the area.

Local Lindsey Burgess said she likes to see the items that people bring to the street fair.

"I love little fairs and seeing what people are coming up with," she said.

Many also came to the Arlington Street Fair because they liked the variety of items and wanted to help independent crafters who are artists.

"We came just to look around and support local businesses," said local Dixie Burgess.

"We like to support businesses and local artists, and this is a nice way to do it and spend time together," said local Shanna Hanowell.

Livi Joy, who was selling her handcrafted hula hoops from her business Livi Joy Hoops, said she enjoys the interaction of street fairs like the Arlington Street Fair.

"I like getting out in the public. I like the different ages that come through and can experience my hula hoops," she said.

The fairs are a good opportunity to get people to try new things like hula hooping, she said.

"I like sharing my product with everybody and helping them with something they didn't expect to do and changing their perspectives," she said.

In addition to local artists, nonprofit organizations were also able to share their mission and connect with the public.

"We had lots of non-profits, which is good, because that is showing we're connecting with nonprofits really well," said Britt.

Britt said the fair was organized well this year, which helped reduce morning traffic congestion and allowed people to get to downtown Arlington and onto Olympic Avenue easier. "That is a tribute to being well prepared," he said.

People were looking forward to this year's fair as well, he said.

"Something I noticed right away was people showing up early," he said.

Musical entertainment and a Shakespeare play were also provided at Legion Park throughout the event for people in-between shopping, as well as kids activities.

Christopher Andersson

Livi Joy, owner of Livi Joy Hoops, left, helps Peggy Shortt browse Joy's selection of Hula Hoops at the Arlington Street Fair on July 8.

Britt said that DABA is exploring the idea of including races of pedal-less bicycles next year into the Street Fair as well.

DABA is currently looking for a chairman for next year's event, he said. This year's chairman Kathleen Shalan would be available to assist them, but she has worked for three years on the event.

"After three years of putting this on it becomes exhausting," Britt said.

Britt also wanted to thank the city of Arlington for helping with Olympic Avenue during the past three weeks with the Fourth of July, DABA's car show and now the street fair.

More information about DABA is available at arlingtonwa.org.

 

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