ENCINITAS — Coast Highway 101 was closed between D Street and J Street for the annual Fall Street Fair on Nov. 23.
Over 400 vender, nonprofit, and food booths were set up to give shoppers an early start the holidays. In addition to sales of unique handcrafted items, many downtown shops have fair booths to introduce customers to their businesses.
“The goal is to have our community get together downtown, and bring people in to see what downtown is all about,” Dody Crawford, Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association executive director, said. “Shoppers come, and also enjoy all the retail shops and restaurants.”
Crawford said the spirit of the event is light, fun, and full of spontaneous moments, such as fair regular Supervisor Dave Roberts sitting in to play washboards with the Bayou Brothers zydeco band on the outdoor stage at the Lumber Yard.
The fair also boasts a Kids Zone, and Dogs Zone where visitors can take a break from fair crowds, relax, and engage in fun and games. The interactive zones were added to the annual fair a year ago.
“The reason we added these was to benefit families, and pet owners who come to the fair,” Rick Moore, Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association associate director, said. “We’ve always had kids rides, and wanted to provide other activities for kids.”
The Kids Zone features hands-on activities provided by each booth renter.
This year a unique booth was set up by brothers Emerson Sims, age 13, and Tate Sims age 10, who are Sanderling Waldorf School students. The boys sold handmade reindeer ornaments made out of bottle corks. The boys’ craftsmanship caught the attention of Solterra Winery and Kitchen, which is in negotiations with the brothers to do a holiday display.
The Dog Zone featured pet related products, services, and a rigorous dog agility course. Owners could coax their canines through tunnels and over jumps with the help of a trainer.
Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association puts on the Fall Street Fair, and April Street Fair each year.