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Ryan Johnson, Published July 14 2013

Downtown Fargo Street Fair kicks off Thursday

FARGO – North Dakota’s largest free outdoor event will soon return for its 38th year here.

The annual Downtown Fargo Street Fair, presented by the Downtown Community Partnership, kicks off Thursday morning and runs through Saturday evening, filling a large swath of Broadway with food vendors, artists, crafters and entertainers.

Jed Pahan said this year’s event will boast more than 250 vendors, just about maximum capacity for the several blocks of downtown Fargo that become a temporary fairground each summer.

Pahan, one of the organizers behind the event, said the Street Fair usually draws 100,000 to 150,000 people over its three days.

Many of the attractions will be similar to the event in recent years, including regional and national artists and crafters selling their original works in booths on Broadway running from Main Avenue to Sixth Avenue North.

A food court will be set up on Second Avenue North between Fifth Street and Roberts Street. Pahan said some of the dining delicacies for sale this year include crab fritters, fry bread tacos and red velvet funnel cake.

Entertainment

The event also includes several free entertainment options: at the intersection of Second Avenue and Broadway, and on the U.S. Bank Plaza along Broadway. Scheduled entertainment includes the Gooseberry Park Players performing excerpts from their production of “Oklahoma,” and live music from the FM Kicks Big Band and the Jazz Nickel Combo.

“There’ll be a lot of great entertainment for the entire family,” Pahan said.

He said the areas of Broadway and Second Avenue that will host the street fair will be closed Wednesday to allow for setup.

Attendees don’t need to all drive to the downtown area to enjoy the festivities, he said. For the first time, MATBUS is offering discounted fares of $1 to ride downtown Thursday and Friday, and riders can get to the street fair for free on Saturday from one of the six park-and-ride lots in the community.

Success continues

Pahan said the event will continue to build on its last several years of successes.

“With the number of blocks that we’re doing now, it just seems to be the best fit,” he said. “It’s the 38th annual, and I think over the past six years we’ve been able to have this efficient setup that we have now and we just love the layout. In the future, anything’s possible to expand.”

The 38th annual Downtown Fargo Street Fair is from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

For more details and the latest information about the event, visit www.downtownfargo.com.

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Ryan Johnson at (701) 241-5587