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Street Faire at the Lakes set for May 30-31 in DL

Handmade metal and wood items are always a popular sell at the street fair, which is the first juried show of the year. Vendors have to submit photos of their items and how they were made before being accepted into the show. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

It’s coming — that buzz and energy in the air that only comes with a street fair.

“Friday morning you stop outside and you can smell all the food vendors getting ready,” said Dawn Olson, Street Faire at the Lakes committee member.

Standing with tradition, the 14th annual street fair will be held the weekend after Memorial Day — Friday and Saturday, May 30-31 in downtown Detroit Lakes.

The streets will be shut down to traffic and opened up to the swarms of people that ascend upon the festival — roughly 12,000-15,000 between both days.

Festive Friday

The festivities begin at 11 a.m. Friday with the opening of the artists’ booths and some “Island Time” music.

There are 125 vendors booked for the Street Faire, and it’s no easy shoo-in to partake.

“We’re very strict about how our show is — we don’t allow buy-sell items, we don’t want you to go online and buy 500 tie-dyed shirts and sell them here,” said Olson.

“They have to show how the items are made. We have a quality show, and we want to keep it a quality show.”

Free, live music will also be floating through the air Friday, including crowd-pleaser Paul Imholt, the Strolling Musician.

“He’s only with us on Friday, but he’s got a cart with a number of musical instruments,” said Olson. “It’s delightful, he encourages kids to interact with him, and he’s friendly and he says he loves coming to DL because people are so friendly.”

Patchouli performs at 1:30 p.m. and Detroit Lakes High School musical standouts Lexa Anderson and Dillon Spurlin take the stage at 4 p.m.

“We’re so happy to have our young, local talent performing for us out there,” said Olson.

Happy Hour Bingo breaks out over at the Eagles Club from 5:30 to 8 p.m., while Tim Eggebraaten’s Family Fun Show also starts at 5:30.

“He’s our happy hour (performer) because he’s our happy guy,” said Olson.

“He puts on a great show every single time, and he’ll go almost up until the street dance.”

At 8 p.m., as the vendors close down for the night and the sun begins to set, things begin to heat up when country-rock band Silverado takes the stage for the street dance.

“We are so excited to have them because they are just such a well-known, well-liked band,” said Olson.

A beer garden and food vendors will be set up in the entertainment area on the south side of the Washington Square Mall for the city’s only street dance of the year.

The dance continues until midnight.

Swingin’ Saturday

Things will once again be hopping downtown at 10 a.m. Saturday, as the booths open back up and Hardwood Groove takes the stage.

The Torn Roses — a  group of young, aspiring musicians from Detroit Lakes — with guest Mr. Jack (Detroit Lakes musician John Hutchinson) take the stage at 1 p.m., and Mr. Jack comes back for a performance with Blazin’ Blake and guests at 2 p.m., followed by Vibes for the Tribes at 3:30 p.m.

There will also be free kids’ crafts offered throughout Friday and Saturday.

“They are going to be provided by the rec center, so they are going to be putting together arts and crafts, face painting, easy make-and-take craft projects,” said Olson.

Bingo is also set up at the Eagles Club at 2:30 Saturday. The street fair wraps up at 5 p.m.

“We always say come early, come hungry, come ready to shop,” said Olson.

For more information on the Street Faire at the Lakes, call 218-844-7469 or log onto