Despite a last-minute change to an off-street setup, West Fargo's inaugural street fair on Saturday, June 8, was well attended.
On Friday, June 7, city organizers announced the street fair would be moved from northern Sheyenne Street to the Ag Education Building at the Red River Fairgrounds due to the threat of rain and thunderstorms.
"We were working on contingency planning the whole time. We wanted to make sure we had something that was an option for us," said Ellen Rossow, community services coordinator for the city.
The roughly 70 vendors, which included crafts, handmade wares and local business and food offerings, were able to relocate and set up easily at the fairgrounds.
"I was worried that no one would want to come anymore because it's fun to go to a street fair and that's part of the atmosphere, but I'm surprised a lot of people are here, and I'm not worrying about the wind," said vendor and artist Ellen Diederich.
Vendors said the change in scenery was an easy one, and well worth it. The shelter of a tin roof proved to be a lifesaver for some like Diederich, where bad weather could mean hundreds and thousands of dollars lost in ruined paintings.
"I have one original here that's about $2,000," said Diederich.
Rossow said canceling the event wasn't an option.
"The main purpose of the street fairs was really showcasing the arts and crafts and all of the unique talents of our local vendors. Being able to do that was really what the most important thing was," said Rossow.