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Arlington Street Fair fills Olympic Avenue

 

Christopher Andersson

Sunny Day Dulcimers owner John Ellis, left, demonstrates how to play a dulcimer for local Bryan Terry at the Arlington Street Fair on July 7.

Almost 200 vendors came to Olympic Avenue in Arlington last weekend as part of this year's Arlington Street Fair.

The annual Street Fair is put on by the Downtown Arlington Business Association (DABA) and brought a wide variety of vendors and organizations to the downtown area this year for three days from July 7 to July 9.

Rich Senff, DABA board member and owner of downtown Arlington business Action Sports, said that this year's Street Fair went well.

"It's pretty full this year and you can see that looking down Olympic Avenue," he said.

The organizers of this year's Arlington Street Fair hoped to increase the vendors coming this year and saw an increase of about 70, for a total of around 190 vendors coming this year.

DABA puts on the Street Fair to provide a summer market for Arlington locals and to help raise money for DABA, which they use to promote the downtown.

"We put the fair on so we can raise funds to advertise the town," said Senff. "It helps keep the businesses on the streets going," she said.

Local Bryan Terry said he had been to the fair before and enjoyed coming this year as well.

"It's very nice, lots of people and great weather," he said.

The Street Fair provides a place to gather with other people from Arlington.

"There's a sense of community and a hometown feel," he said.

John Ellis, owner of Sunny Day Dulcimers, one of the vendors at the event, said he likes the community at the event as well.

"The biggest thrill I get is just meeting the people who come and talk with me," he said.

Many people also come to the fair because of the many different items available at the fair.

"I think some of them like the diversity of all the different things offered," said Senff.

The fair was home to many different vendors including local small farms, woodworkers, hand-made jewelry and other items.

"There's everything from the Arlington Pickers, some rusty stuff, some new stuff," said Senff.

Ellis brought his handmade dulcimers, which are a musical string instrument.

"I'm doing my craft as a hobby, unlike many of these people. I'm doing it to get the instrument in people's hands," he said. "I get to tell the story of the instrument to so many people, and that's why I like to come out to fairs."

Big organizations and small organizations both came out to the fair.

"I saw a big-time bath fitters down there and you got some small food vendors that some people just love," said Senff.

Volunteer and religious organizations also come out to talk to people about how to get more involved in the community.

"There's a whole bunch of different churches down here, too," said Senff.

More information about DABA is available at arlingtonwa.org.

 

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