Spring to it! Street Faire nears

By Corey Pride / Cpride@losbanosenterprise.comApril 6, 2013 

The Los Banos Chamber of Commerce is inviting the whole community to the party.

The 2013 Spring Downtown Street Faire, slated for April 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., will bring knickknacks, food and entertainment to Sixth Street.

The chamber expects more than 100 vendors selling everything from purses and jewelry to toys and sunglasses in what has become a Los Banos tradition.

"It gives people a chance to come and see people they haven't seen in a long time, buy from the vendors and check out the shops we have downtown," said John Whala, executive director of the chamber, of the fair's popularity.

The street fair typically attracts between 2,000 and 3,000 people to the downtown area.

Whala said this year Zippy Pals, battery-operated animal rides, will be among the attractions. The fair will also feature dance demonstrations from local studios, JC's Starstruck Karaoke and Knight's Express Train Rides.

There will also be plenty of shopping. Whala said the number of vendors, which has already hit triple digits, may increase within the next two weeks because space for selling non-food items is still available.

The Rod Runners will also hold a car show along J Street, he said.

"We have a lot of returning vendors and new ones," Whala said, adding that he doesn't want to single anyone out.

The Spring Downtown Street Faire also includes Los Banos Rotary Club's pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m.

Brenda Latham, club president, said this year's breakfast was moved from the Miller and Lux building to Westside Union Elementary School, 659 K St., because the event's usual location was booked.

Latham said proceeds from the breakfast will go toward Sober Graduation. She said the breakfast's connection with the street fair and the generosity of Los Banosans keeps the event alive.

"People come out and support our efforts and the high school kids," Latham said.

Breakfast tickets are $6 and are available at the door or by calling the chamber at (209) 826-2495.

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