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Creation 2010, Enumclaw Street Fair to take place on same July weekend

Organizers of Creation 2010 and the downtown Street Fair are working together to assure everyone gets the full Enumclaw experience during a July weekend that could be one of the busiest in city history.

Representatives from both groups appeared before a morning gathering of the Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce Thursday, offering a brief status report and emphasizing how the two are joining forces to guarantee the city receives the greatest benefit.

The larger event, by far, is Creation, billed as the largest Christian music festival in the nation. Daily attendance during the four-day run is expected to be at least 15,000, with the lion’s share of those remaining in Enumclaw all four days.

Creationfest will operated July 21024, but many attendees will begin trickling in a day earlier, according to festival organizer Nick Kulb.

Creation 2010 is anticipated to have an impact on nearly every aspect of city operations, and organizers have been meeting with public safety agencies to minimize traffic impacts. They have also reached out to the business community, making it clear the event should bring an influx of outside dollars to the community.

Kulb said “a ton of media” will descend upon Enumclaw, as eight radio stations will be broadcasting live from the Enumclaw Expo Center grounds.

The event, which will feature approximately 60 bands and 20 speakers, has operated the last 11 years at the Gorge Amphitheatre.

Kulb said one of the reasons for the move was to be more accessible to those along the Interstate 5 corridor, between Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, B.C. That should spur the number of one-day sales, he said.

Still, most Creation attendees make it a four-day stay and will be looking for other things to fill their hours.

“We’re really trying to push our attendees to go downtown,” Kulb said.

Tracey McCallum, chamber director, said she will staff a booth at Creation, encouraging people to experience all that Enumclaw has to offer.

“This is Enumclaw’s time to shine,” she said.

The chamber and the city are aiming to take advantage of the large, temporary population at the Expo Center and will offer frequent shuttle buses between the center and downtown. Once there, organizers hope to capture some of their dollars, whether it’s through dining opportunities, downtown businesses or vendors.

Street Fair organizers Rene Popke and Jaclyn Van Hoof told their Thursday audience some changes are coming to the event, which is again sponsored by Enumclaw Rotary.

For example, there will be a small carnival to entertain the youngest visitors. Also new this year will be an “Enumclaw Idol” competition, allowing performers to compete for a cash prize and the right to entertain on the Main Stage Saturday evening.

Other highlights will include a separate stage for kids’ entertainers, a varied slate of vendors and a Saturday morning 5K run/walk.

The Street Fair will occupy Cole Street between Stevenson and Marshall avenues, along with some side streets.

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