Every year our fair city hosts a very large street fair. It's a big deal. Really big. All the locals talk about it like it was the Cherry Blossom Festival, which is awesome, though perhaps a little over the top (One woman reported that people travel from all the US to come to this fair... Skeptic, yes I am!). Being new to Indiana, I will admit that I had a different idea of what a street fair would entail. I think I expected something more eclectic, more like my childhood favorite, the Sweet Pea Festival. Shakespeare, vintage clothing booths, so many artisans, musical groups, craft making tables, dancing, slap poetry and well, anything you can shove into a park. The Bluffton street fair was like a really big church carnival. Rides, games, food and so many parades.
The city shuts down the entire downtown for a whole week. Everybody comes out for the festivities, unless they are a too cool for school. Citizens set their chairs up for the parade hours before the festivities begin. And like all good parades, it takes all kinds.
Of course, the fair had all the typical carnival food.
And some out of the box food. A lot of the booths were fundraisers for local organizations and churches. Reasonably priced food stuff and pretty good. The pizza from this place above was amazing.
I sort of love this picture above of the BBQ guy. He's just waiting for a customer. So relaxed. The lady in the right hand corner is my daughter's teacher. The fair brings the whole community in and it feels like you never stop saying hello!
The third parade is for the kids. It's like stationary trick or treating. All the local venders and business walk and hand out bling and candy. The kids love it! Coupons, calendars, cups and stickers all made it into those bags the boys are holding. Also, those bags, totally provided by the first walkers in the parade. Buffton has it figured out!
Overall, not a bad street fair. I would love to see a few more street performers, juggles, magicians and such. A couple of cool vintage booth and maybe a salad option. Of course that last one might be heresy, because nobody likes Sue's Salads. Still worth the visit, even if all you get is a fried pickle.