The weather may not quite feel like it yet, but summer has arrived!
And that means it's time for Detroit Lakes' first festival of the season - the Street Faire at the Lakes. The 17th annual event is set for this Friday and Saturday, June 2-3, in downtown DL.
"It's the first juried art show of the season in the lakes area," says Rachel Hofstrand, marketing and events director for the Historic Holmes Theatre, who handles scheduling and marketing for the annual event. "We always hold it on the first Friday and Saturday after Memorial Day."
This year's Street Faire is packed with more to see, do - and eat - than ever before.
"We had a record number of applicants," Hofstrand says. "We had to turn quite a few vendors away. And we have about 35 new artists this year. It was really fun to to have so many new ones to choose from."
The 17th annual Street Faire features over 130 artist booths, 15 food vendors - two more than last year - a beer garden, Eagles Bingo, live musical entertainment, kids' activities, and much more. Friday's musical entertainment includes Sugar Still, Island Time, Morydian and Tim Eggebraaten, who will be performing on the outdoor stage at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively, and "strolling" musician Paul Imholte, who will be performing throughout the day.
"All of our musical entertainment and kids' activities are free," Hofstrand said.
Frank the Traveling Band will be performing inside the Eagles Club that evening at 8 p.m, and the musical entertainment continues Saturday with Eric Reitan, Lehto & Wright, and The Cropdusters performing at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.
Some of the entertainment will be familiar to returning Street Faire visitors, and some is brand new - as are some of the artists, who will be bringing repurposed works, photography, woodwork, word art, jewelry, condiments, textiles, and henna art, just to name a few.
"We have a lot of variety this year," Hofstrand said..
New food vendors this year will include a Texas BBQ booth, featuring jumbo turkey legs, brisket wraps and loaded baked potatoes; and Boba Tea, "an exotic iced tea drink from Taiwan," said Hofstrand, noting that she was excited to try some of the new fare, as well as "all of the great fair food we have every year," from Greek gyros to Italian ice, kettle corn and of course, Oof Da Tacos. Street Faire hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Friday, June 2 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, June 3. Besides the Historic Holmes Theatre, sponsors for Street Faire of the Lakes include Detroit Lakes Tourism Bureau, Detroit Lakes Eagles Aerie 2342, APEX Engineering, Bremer Bank, City of Detroit Lakes Public Utilities, Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center, Detroit Lakes Disposal, Hough Inc., Midstates Wireless, Arvig, Jimmy John's and Lakeshirts. For more information, visit the website at www.DLStreetFaire.com or call the Holmes Theatre Box Office at 218-844-7469.