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Dawson Maddux, center, and grandfather James Perrin, right, sample some of the organic homegrown honey items at Scott Jenrich's Frontier Flyers Pure Local Honey booth at the 2015 Handmade & Homegrown Street Festival on Aug. 7, 2015.

Numerous specialty and unique vendors will come to downtown Marysville this August as part of the annual Marysville Street Festival.

This is the 31st year for the street festival, also known as "Handmade & Homegrown," and it will take place on Aug. 12, 13 and 14 this year.

Vendors will open and sell their wares in the historic downtown area along Third Street. The festival is run by the Downtown Marysville Merchants Association.

About 75 arts and crafts vendors are scheduled to come to the street festival. Those vendors include arts and crafts, plants and garden items and recycled or "up-cycled" items.

"People like that it is all local vendors coming to this," said Lorene Wren, co-owner of Wrenhaven Vintage Market and a member of the Downtown Marysville Merchants Association.

The street festival also requires that items be handcrafted, hence the name Handmade & Homegrown.

"People like that the requirement for the festival is that everyone has to be homemade or homegrown," said Wren, because it means there are no large commercial vendors at the festival, leaving mainly a selection of small unique local artists that are sometimes harder to find.

Many of the vendors enjoy coming back to the event every year, said Wren, and because of that many customers have favorites they come back to check out every summer.

"I have a friend who comes back every year to the American Girls doll vendor so she can add more to her collection," she said.

Wren said the festival keeps open lines of communication and feedback with the vendors to improve the street festival and it helps keep a good atmosphere at the event.

"[The vendors] like the way we treat them," said Wren. "We take their feedback on how to make this a great experience for everyone," she said.

In addition to the vendors at the street festival, there will be music and food trucks for food and entertainment available throughout the event.

Wren said she enjoys interacting with the community at the event every year, and welcomes their pets as well.

"I love meeting all the people and all their dogs," she said.

The street festival is a pet-friendly event and Wren said many of the downtown businesses also enjoy interacting with the dogs and people that come down.

"A lot of the downtown merchants here put out water in dog dishes to show the people that we welcome their dogs down here," she said.

More information about the festival is available at their Facebook page at facebook.com/marysvillestreetfestival.

 

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