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Forum Editorial Board, Published July 16 2009

Forum edtiorial: Downtown Street Fair one of best

It is the largest free-admission event in North Dakota. Tens of thousands of people will flock to Fargo for the next three days for the Downtown Street Fair for the merchandise vendors, the food booths and the street entertainment. It’s a major summer event for the region that has gotten bigger with every year of success. The 2009 version looks to be the best yet.

Some 300 vendors will be hawking their wares and food up and down Broadway and along side streets. Many of them have been coming back for years because the Fargo fair attracts lots of people, and that usually means good sales. Even when the weather fails to cooperate (it looks good this year), streets are packed.

The fair started modestly a few years ago with a few dozen vendor booths and a few entertainment acts. Just a couple of seasons ago, the fair had to adjust to a major downtown street project, but sponsors pulled it off without a serious hitch.

This year the event is as big as it can get, given space limitations downtown. Yet, it features more of everything, including all sorts of entertainment, from street performers to evening concerts. Food ranges from traditional street goodies to gourmet sandwiches.

(Be sure to visit Forum Communication Co.’s “Chop talk with the Forum family” tent on the US Bank plaza. Newspaper and broadcast personalities will be selling open-face grilled pork sandwiches prepared by the Underwood, Minn., Lions – today only starting at 10 a.m.)

Fairs are commonplace in summer in the Red River Valley. All have something to recommend them. But the Downtown Street Fair has become one of the biggest, most successful, most fun summer events in the region. The proof is in the tens of thousands of people who return to downtown Fargo year after year. They will be back today, Friday and Saturday for good times, good food and to make a purchase or two.

We extend a warm Fargo welcome to visitors, vendors and entertainers.

Forum editorials represent the opinion of Forum management and the newspaper’s Editorial Board.