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Published July 11 2010

Fargo's Downtown Street Fair marks 35 years

Fargo’s Downtown Street Fair stretches almost six blocks, but this year it had room for only half of the vendors who sought booths to sell their arts, crafts and munchies to the masses.

A whopping 570 vendors applied to take part, and 283 made the cut for the 35th annual fair, which runs Thursday through Saturday on Broadway.

“We had lots of applicants this year, and so the jury was really able to pick and choose,” said Stephanie Holland, Street Fair coordinator for the Downtown Community Partnership. “So I think the quality just every year continues to get better.”

Fairgoers won’t notice any significant changes in this year’s event, but it will feature a lot of new vendors and artists, along with a few subtle differences and special offerings, Holland said.

Organizers and volunteers will wear shirts commemorating the fair’s 35th anniversary. Artists will be treated to cake “because that’s the reason why we’re successful every year,” Holland said.

One of the new artists, Spin Magic, which Holland said uses spinning paint to make funky designs, will provide a free item to the first 35 kids to visit the booth each day.

Food connoisseurs also will enjoy a “plethora of options,” said Jed Pahan, coordinator of the fair’s food court at Second Avenue and Broadway.

New offerings this year will include Philly cheese-steak sandwiches and hand-tossed pizza, he said. And, of course, standard Street Fair fare such as cheese curds, corn dogs and deep-fried Oreos will be ready for shoppers who get hungry from hoofing it up and down Broadway.

Trollwood Performing Arts School won’t have a troupe performing scenes as it has in past years, but Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre actors are stepping in to perform from their upcoming musical “13,” Holland said.

“Come on down,” she said. “It’s gonna be a good time.”

A complete list of events will be available on the DCP website this week at www.fmdowntown.com.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528