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3-Day Enumclaw Street Fair kicks off Friday

Dancers entertained at the Enumclaw Street Fair in 2012. - Photo by Kevin Hanson, The Courier-Herald
Dancers entertained at the Enumclaw Street Fair in 2012.
— image credit: Photo by Kevin Hanson, The Courier-Herald

The Enumclaw Street Fair has expanded to a three-day event this year, turning downtown into a mix of vendor booths and entertainment.

Again under the primary sponsorship of the Enumclaw Rotary Club, the Street Fair will  operate from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Sunday.

Getting around downtown will be a dicey proposition for motorists – but friendly for those on foot – as Cole Street will be closed between Marshall and Stevenson avenues from early Friday morning until Sunday evening.

Visitors to the Street Fair can expect to see approximately 120 vendors offering arts and crafts, food and general merchandise. Some are local but most will trekking to Enumclaw from outside the area.

Live entertainment is planned for nearly every hour of the Street Fair, either on the main stage or a secondary stage, both in the parking lot at Cole Street and Initial Avenue. Acts range from a magic show to a country band, from a dance troupe to bluegrass and Latin tunes. Popular children’s entertainer Eric Ode is slated to perform from 10:30 to 11:30 Saturday morning.

Missing this time around will be a carnival, replaced by the more affordable Fun Zone and Toddler Zone and presented by the regional Clowns Unlimited. The Fun Zone is made up of five inflatable attractions and two mechanical rides; tickets will be sold individually, as an unlimited day pass or as a three-day pass. The Toddler Zone will be for children 2 to 4 years old; the only option will be a $5 daily pass.

New to this year’s Street Fair is Art On Cole, a special area to celebrate the art and artists of the region. Artists will be featured in booths lining Initial Avenue between Cole and Railroad streets.

For the sixth year, a 5k run/walk is part of the Street Fair. This year’s event begins with a kids’ race at 8:45 with the main event at 9, both on Saturday morning.

The early sign-up period has passed, but registration will be taken beginning at 7:30 Saturday morning at the race site. The cost is now $15 for the kids’ event and $25 for adults; there’s also a $65 family rate.

The 5k run/walk begins and ends on Railroad Street by the public library

Prizes will be awarded to top finishers, both male and female, in seven age groups.

Details can be found by visiting www.enumclawstreetfair.com and clicking on the “5k run/walk” link.

 

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