Everything you need to know for the 2013 Downtown Fargo Street Fair

The 38th Annual Downtown Fargo Street Fair kicks off tomorrow morning.  Vendors from all across the country have travelled to Fargo and set up shop for this favorite summer event.  This year’s fair features hundreds of retailers, some top notch food — from the fine street eats of Mezzaluna to the classic funnel cakes.

Winning Art

If you’ve seen the official event posters and maps, you likely have noticed the Xcel Energy Artist Propectus Competition winner Madelyn Netz’s wonderful artwork.

“All of the submissions were phenomenal! It was very difficult for the jurors to decide with so much inspirational talent in this community” said Mike Hahn, President/CEO of the Downtown Community Partnership. Mark Nisbet, North Dakota Principal Manager of Xcel Energy, stated, “We were very excited with the quality of the artwork. It was evident the students put A LOT of work into their submissions. We’re pleased to have so many local students involved in the excitement of Downtown and the Annual Downtown Fargo Street Fair.”

Great Food Options

The food court (located at 2nd Avenue North and Broadway) will include crowd favorites that are sought out each year as well as first-year vendors who will add new flavors to the fair. One of, if not the oldest food vendors participating in the Street Fair is Fry Bread Tacos & More. Based locally, owner Mary Kava looks forward to the Downtown Street Fair because of the entertainment and the crowd that shows up rain or shine.

A new vendor looking forward to this same energy is Shannon Malzahn of Lush Lola’s. “We are debuting the Slathered Pig and The Slop Bucket for the very first time ever at any festival. The Slathered Pig is our famous Drunken Pig sandwich topped with our crunchy, tangy homemade coleslaw and Captain Lola’s Rum BBQ sauce. The Slop Bucket is hot french fries topped with Drunken Pig, gravy and mozzarella cheese- our take on the Canadian delicacy poutine” said Shannon Malzahn of Lush Lola’s.

Great Entertainment

There will always be something FUN happening on the Pepsi Stage at 2nd Avenue and Broadway in Fargo during the street fair.

Acts include Gooseberry Park Players to perform excerpts from their production OKLAHOMA! on Thursday, July 18 and Friday, July 19 at noon. FM Kicks Big Band & Jazz Nickel to Perform Thursday, July 18th with Jazz Nickel from 3pm – 3:45pm and FM Kicks Big Band from 4pm – 6pm.

Staying Cool and Healthy

Sanford Women’s is sponsoring the Breastfeeding Station – a convenient and comfortable place for mothers to breastfeed, change their babies, and rehydrate while visiting the Fargo Street Fair. The station is hosted within a private, four-sided tent, and is located right across from Sammy’s Pizza (corner of Broadway & 3rd Ave.). It will be open Thursday, July 18 and Friday, July 19th from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and Saturday, July 20th from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Also available during the fair is a misting tent provided by Scheels to give kids and adults alike a break from the heat.

Going Green

The 38th Annual Downtown Street Fair is taking steps to increase sustainability and sustainable options in the 2013 event.

A partnership with Minnkota Recycling in Fargo will provide options to attendees to prevent unnecessary waste added to the landfill. Plastic recycling containers will be available in the food court and at the US Bank Plaza area of which will allow people to aid in community recycling efforts at the event.

Another partnership that can reduce emissions and help you to save money is the use of MATBUS for your transportation needs. MATBUS is providing service for a discounted fare of $1 on Thursday, Friday, and also providing a FARE FREE Saturday. Riding MATBUS not only reduces fuel use and emissions but also provides a means to ride in comfort and attend the Street Fair without worrying about finding a parking spot. Six convenient “Park and Ride” lots are located in the community in which you can park your vehicle for free and then hop on the bus. Ride in comfort and air conditioning taking you right to the event. Visit www.MATBUS.com for locations to plan your trip.

We hope to see you there! Check out www.downtownfargo.com for full details!

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