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A ‘faire’ amount of fun

Washington Avenue will be filled with Street Faire of the Lakes vendors May 31-June 1. BRIAN BASHAM/RECORD

It’s the event that puts a real feeling of summer festivities in the air around Detroit Lakes — the 13th annual Street Faire at the Lakes is right around the corner and throughout several blocks of downtown.   

The two-day event known for its dozens of artists and food booths begins Friday, May 31 at 11 a.m. and this year it’s kicking off in a little different fashion. 

“Mike Hutchinson is having a little mini talent show,” said Mary Beth Gilsdorf of the Street Faire Committee, “and he has a ton of kids and adults who have been practicing and practicing to show off their talents, so it should be really cool.” 

Shoppers will be able to drift from booth to booth as the blocked off downtown are of Detroit Lakes will be home to roughly 125 booths, about forty percent of which will be new to Street Faire this year. 

“There will be a Nordic Treats booth this year that I think will be really popular around here,” said Gilsdorf. “And this year we’ve got a ton of garden art, which is great because I think everybody has been chomping at the bit to get outside and get their gardens going and so this will be a great place to find a big assortment of beautiful garden art.”

Jewelry, clothing, signs, home and cabin decorations – it’s all being covered at the Street Faire.

“A theme this year is reclaimed things with lots of fun and funky art and jewelry,” said Gilsdorf. “One of the artist’s themes is ‘rust and luster,’ so she takes things that are past their prime that look like there’s no life left in them and she bedazzles them and makes them fun again.”

There are a few booths that have the power to draw in crowds of their own – the food booths. 

“If somebody is on a diet of some kind, this is one day they need to just put it on hold,” laughed Gilsdorf, “because this is a rare opportunity, so come hungry!”

And thirsty. The beer garden will be open all weekend, while free, live music drifts through the open air. 

From jazz to beach music and more, the lineup includes Mr. Jack & the Apprentices, Patchouli – Fast Forward Folk, Sarah Morrau with Tim Hoffelt, Tim Eggebraaten, The Fat Cats are doing a tribute to rock n roll for the street dance, Island Time Steel Drum Band, The Prairie Doves, Hardwood Groove and a musician that tends to wander. 

“Paul Imholte is a string musician that walks around with a cart and a ton of different string instruments,” said Gilsdorf, “so it’s kind of spontaneous and he’s just amazing.” 

Kids can also get their face painted up for the day, as the Street Faire committee is proving a free face painting tent on the corner of Front Street and Washington Avenue where they’ll also be doing story telling.  The traditional barrel train will also be tootin’ around for kids looking to catch a little fun, colorful ride.

The booths will be open Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with live music going until 6 p.m. There will be bingo at the Eagles from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The Fat Cats take the stage for the Eagles Street Dance starting from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Saturday the fun starts up all over again at 10 a.m. and goes until 5 p.m.

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