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This year, the Street Faire at the Lakes is turning 10 years old.

And in honor of a birthday, organizers have mixed up the fair a bit, moving it to Friday and Saturday, rather than the Saturday-Sunday format of the previous nine years.


Held each year the weekend after Memorial weekend, this year it falls on the first weekend in June, Friday and Saturday, June 4-5.

"I'm really excited and have heard positive feedback from a lot of people about the move. People are thrilled that they can come to the Street Faire on Friday when they might otherwise have missed it because their weekend was booked with a graduation, wedding, family reunion, etc.," organizer Mary Beth Gilsdorf said.

This isn't a new concept in street fairs. Many street fairs have successful Friday-Saturday shows.

This will provide an opportunity for those who work in Detroit Lakes to shop before they leave town for the weekend and return home if they live out of town.

It's nice for vendors as well.

"They can be home on Sunday and be home with their families," organizer Sue Braun said.

And since it starts at 11 a.m. on Friday, people can make a trip through on a lunch break as well.

"With a Friday-Saturday show, we kind of straddle the two worlds -- the workweek and the weekend -- so we can hopefully give everyone an opportunity to get downtown to check out the new artwork, eat some fantastic fair food and sit and have a cold one listening to some live music," Gilsdorf said.

This year features local talents of Tim Eggebraaten, Vincent & the Van-Goes and the Fat Cats, to name a few.

"People like being outside at a festival, and they like seeing a local name -- our own popular people," Braun said.

The festival will be filled with fun, food and sunshine, "which of course we're going to have," Braun added with a laugh.

Braun, who worked on the Fargo Street Faire for years, said after 10 years on the Detroit Lakes street fair, the growth is amazing to her.

"It's a smaller venue (than the Fargo street fair). I never imagined it was going to build into the spectacular event it's become," she said. "People look forward to it every year."

Vendors from five or six states are represented at the Street Faire of the Lakes.

"We hope everyone comes down to wish us a Happy 10th Birthday!" Gilsdorf said.

Friday consists of vendors set up from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Street Bingo from 6-8 p.m., all day entertainment from strolling musician Paul Imholte, Tim Eggebraaten, acoustic folk rock, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; In the Clouds, folkie, bluegrass, acoustic sound, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.; Patchouli, fast forward folk, from 4-6 p.m.; Eagles street dance with Fuse from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Saturday includes artist hours from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Dave Herzog, island steel drums, from 10-11:30 a.m.; Fat Cats, classic rock and blues, from noon-2:30 p.m.; Vincent & the Van-Goes, blues, rockabilly, surf, from 3-5 p.m.; strolling entertainment by Paul Imholte, musical stringman all day.

Kids entertainment is all weekend long on Front Street with Wonder Weavers, storytelling, arts and crafts for kids, and barrel train rides.

For a full schedule and more information, visit