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Friday, October 19, 2018

Uptown Street Fair marks 30 years

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 by Samantha Anderson sanderson@tnonline.com in Local News

‘True community event,’ set for Saturday, is reaching the size it once was

The annual Uptown Street Fair in Northampton is set for Sept. 8.

This free event, sponsored by Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce, runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and is held on Main Street.

This will be the 30th anniversary from the start of the event.

The fair will feature varied entertainment, food trucks, craft and merchant vendors and more. According to Tony Pristash, chamber president and local business owner, this year’s event will feature more than 100 vendors. This is the largest number of vendors the fair has had in recent years.

Pristash noted the fair is reaching the size it once was, back when it was a two-day event.

The fair got its start as a craft fair, Pristash said. At this time, the chamber was just a partner in the event. According to Pristash, the chamber took over organizing the event once the original organizer decided to step down. In order to better focus the event, it was changed to a fun-filled one-day affair.

In recent years, organizers have had a great response to their social media marketing campaign for the event. The Facebook event page has more than 4,000 people noting they are interested in the event.

Pristash reported there will be fun activities for children, such as a moon bounce, rock wall and pony rides.

“We are looking to make it a fun day on Main Street,” Pristash said.

There will be a variety of different entertainment including multiple bands, a wildlife presentation and demonstrations from Elite Martial Arts Studio and 3D Dance Studio.

Bands and musical acts include John Cornelius, Hydraulic Lime and Bryant Brothers.

For the first time in the event’s history, live bands, such as Cubbage, will perform all day at Gin Mill & Grille, 1750 Main St.

There will be tours of the Roxy Theater offered all day as well.

A beer and wine bar, set up on Main Street, will open 11 a.m. and close 4 p.m.

Security will be provided by Omega Protective Services, located in Bath.

“I want to thank our borough Manager LeRoy Brobst, borough council, event staff and the community for helping this event grow organically and become such a special event,” said Pristash, who called the fair a “true community event.”

“It is our biggest event of the year. The community has been very supportive,” he said. “We encourage local businesses to come out.”