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Avenues Street Fair: a celebration of local art

The Avenues Community Council once again invites Utahns to celebrate the changing of the seasons on their bustling, historical streets. The Avenues Street Fair, boasting thousands in attendance each year, is returning to the beloved neighborhood Saturday, September 10 from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. This year, the council chose 6th Avenue between I and N Streets as the location for the fair. Every fall, the community chooses a different five-block section to showcase the beauty of the avenues and to host family-oriented fun.

The Avenues Street Fair has grown from a home tour event started in the 1970s to a street fair focused on music and the arts. Live music from over a dozen bands, ranging in genre from blues to rock, will perform throughout the day on two stages. Many activities and events for children will also be offered, including a parade to kickstart the fair and an area with special activities. Finally, over 200 vendors will participate, with food, arts and crafts and informational booths to line the street.

Each year, the council selects a local artist to create an original image of what the Avenues means to them. The featured artist this year is Caroleine James, a talented student from West High School. Just this year she won First Place and Best of Show at the Salt Lake School District Art Fair. James has prepared an original watercolor that shows her love for the Avenues, which will appear on posters, advertisements and T-shirts. She and her sister have a tradition of selling hand-painted cards and other art at the fair and will continue that tradition this year.

Funds from the fair go toward community projects like the Popperton Plots community garden and the Avenues Community Choir.

For more information, visit http://avenuesstreetfair.org/.

-Brieanna Olds

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