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Published July 17 2013

Forum editorial: Downtown street fair underway

It’s not possible to exaggerate the success of the Downtown Fargo Street Fair, which kicks off this morning for a three-day run. The fair is a “mature” summer event, that is, it’s been around for a long time. Sometimes fairs and other summer festivals begin to fade and eventually no longer appear on the calendar. Not so with the Fargo fair.

It has become, and remains, the largest free outdoor event in North Dakota and much of northwest Minnesota. It certainly is the largest urban event of its kind. Tens of thousands of people will flock to the downtown streets today, as they have for many years. Many will be repeat visitors because they know the good experience of past fairs will be matched and enhanced.

That’s the appeal of the fair. While many exhibitors and food vendors return year after year, there always are new things to see, eat and buy. That mix makes the Fargo fair one of the most attractive, not only to vendors but also to people who come from all over the region.

The fair fare is a delightful mix of typical summer on-a-stick treats and high-end salads, sandwiches and delicacies. Merchandise covers a wide range from typical crafts to rare treasures. As usual, entertainers will liven up the streets.

So come on over. Have a great time, courtesy of the hardworking people who make the street fair possible. And today only, stop for a great street fair meal at Forum Communications’ “Chop Talk” tent. Visit with Forum and WDAY personalities, who will be on hand to serve you.

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