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The 52nd annual Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair


Visitors at the 52nd Annual Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair courtesy of Amanda Mourelatos

The 52nd annual Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair was held from April 1-3 and was the first spring event since the beginning of the pandemic. The street fair was open from 10 a.m. to dusk all weekend.

The event, according to KOLD 13, had 375 sold out vendor spots, local artist performances and a variety of food trucks. 

This family friendly weekend brings around 350,000 people out to view local businesses from across the world twice a year.

Local business owner and University of Arizona alumnus, Andrew Friedman, hosted his company, Homemade Humor. 

From Scottsdale, he brought magnets, pictures, pillows, t-shirts, mugs and more with his own creative comics. 

“It’s been nice to connect with people again and be where people are able to come talk,” Friedman said. 

Small business owner, Shaurica Martinez, came all the way from Las Vegas with her husband to showcase her business, Celestial Sister Boutique

Martinez has all organic and vegan-made products such as hair care, bath and body, apothecary and more. She also sells jewelry, room décor, crystal and metaphysical accessories. 

“I love how the community is very involved and there’s lots of local vendors and diversity,” Martinez said. 

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The Neon Door is a company right off of Fourth Avenue that provides skincare services and more. 

One of the members at the booth, Sophia Marin, talked about how the Fourth Avenue Street Fair benefited their company as well as others.

“This brings in a lot of business for local shops and it’s fun to meet more people,” Marin said.

The Gold Clover Company is a jewelry business based in Raleigh, N.C. Their dainty jewelry has simple gemstones and gold-filled chains. 

Founder Layla Christie talked about the difference between this event and others she has attended in Texas.

“The size is truly different. I’ve done a lot of markets in Texas and Raleigh and the size doesn’t even compare,” Christie said. 

Food vendors lined the streets perpendicular to the artist tents. 

There was everything from giant turkey legs from Piggly Wiggly, The Orange Place with classic American favorites, Jake’s Donuts to help a sweet tooth, AJ’s Fry Bread, giant Texas corn dogs from JPZ Concessions and many more. 

Local artists also played on a stage off of Seventh Street from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day.

On Friday, there were performances from Kyle Hersey, Charlie Rae, Soakset, Richard Alexander and The Heath & Rifle Club. 

Saturday had Quadrant, Dustin James, Ariel Miranda, Gone 2Long and Wednesday Morning Trio performing. 

Sunday held performances from Znora Band, Billy Shaw Jr. Band sponsored by Kiim 99.5, Joe Weinberg and Santana Tribute. 

The dates for the next street fair will be Dec. 9-11.

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