Downtown’s the place to be on Saturday

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A scene from Prince Albert Street Fair 2012 is seen. 

The entirety of Central Avenue’s downtown stretch will be alive with activity for the Downtown Street Fair on Saturday.

 

Central Avenue will be blocked up from 15th Street to the North Saskatchewan River -- a stretch of street expected to be full of various city offerings.

“We have more vendors before than we’ve ever had before – food and craft vendors,” organizer Lori Bourne said.

“I’ve even got overflow at the Forestry Centre because I have everything filled, which is good.”

“All our restaurants downtown will have their special sales as well as sidewalk sales,” she said of the event intended to remind people of the downtown area’s offerings.

“They get to see what’s new, what’s still here and offering … and that downtown’s a wonderful place to wander down and see what’s here.”

Magicians will perform, bouncy castles will be available, and classic cars will be on display alongside the equipment of local emergency services.

Ponies will provide youngsters with rides and dancers from various local dance schools will perform.

“We try to gear a lot towards the family, because we consider it a free, fun family festival,” Bourne said.

Although free, the Downtown Street Fair encourages people to check out the offerings of downtown businesses, as well as the Prince Albert Farmer’s Market, which is expected to be closer to its capacity of vendors than the recent trickling in of vendors has had out during usual Wednesday and Saturday markets.

Everything is rain or shine -- “hopefully shine,” Bourne said.

“The forecast so far is OK -- It says sunny with some clouds, but there will be now rain,” she summarized. “We had rain last year and I don’t want rain this year.”

Despite last year’s rainfall, more than 4,000 people showed up for the annual event.

The Downtown Street Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. 

Organizations: Forestry Centre

Geographic location: 15th Street, North Saskatchewan River

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