Lively street fair
April 24, 2007
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As the sun went down on April 19, Chester Avenue and 18th through 21st streets were full of life as people gathered for the Downtown Street Fair.
As some children got in line for the jump house, others were waiting for Bobo the Millennium Clown to create an object out of balloons.
The fair featured different companies and vendors from Bakersfield, all there either to market their product or be a part of the atmosphere.
Frank Cabrera, owner of Bakersfield Suit Outlet, had three male models standing on boxed platforms showing those passing by the latest suit styles for men. Cabrera said, “I love the street fair – it’s great for business. It’s a great atmosphere.”
Scott Peterson, a representative for XS Energy Drinks, stated, “We’re here to market our energy drink and give out free samples.”
Team Fugitives, who are a part of the American Cancer Society, had a booth with a jailhouse: people could be locked in the jail and could only escape if somebody bailed them out for $5.
All proceeds would go toward the Relay for Life program. Free face painting crafts and Plinko games were offered by Stine Road Baptist Church. A youth from the church, Donovan Norton, said, “We’re here to outreach for Christ, to spread the word of Jesus.” Among all of the booths, there was also a farmers market selling fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers.
Stars Theater, by EZ Performing Arts, displayed performances by children who danced, sang and acted out songs that had the crowd gathering near to watch. The fair also featured a fashion dog show sponsored by Biscuit Boutique and Doggy Spa. Dogs of all shapes and sizes came to this event, showing off their outfits. The winner was Prince Andy, who was dressed in a khaki safari vest and matching hat. His owner Tasha Flores said, “I’m very excited that he won. It was his first competition, and he won first place.”
The Downtown Business Association sponsored the street fair and two more are to take place this year on May 17 and June 21.