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WF to host inaugural street fair this summer

The City of West Fargo is hosting its first West Fargo Street Fair, and it's looking for local artists and vendors to sign up soon to fill Sheyenne Street in June.

The street fair, which will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, along Sheyenne Street, will feature local art, jewelry, craft and vendor booths; food trucks; and kid-friendly activities. It will wrap up with a street dance at the POW/MIA Plaza from 7 to 9 p.m.

The city is accepting applications for booth and food vendors. Communications and Community Services Coordinator Ellen Rossow said there will be room for about 50 vendors along Sheyenne Street. "We think "It's a pretty decent size for our first one," Russow said.

The city has already received about a dozen applications for the event. A committee made up of city staff will make final decisions after the closing date of April 1. The final booth vendor lists will depend on the variety of applications received as well as the uniqueness and quality of goods, Russow said.

"Since it's our first year, we're seeing what we get," Russow said. "The dream is to have local people, artists or someone who might have a cool side hustle to come."

Russow said it can be expensive to be a vendor at other shows, such as the Fargo Street Fair, a weeklong event that has become very popular in mid-summer, so West Fargo hopes to offer a more affordable option for vendors.

"We are hoping to have some smaller businesses who don't' have the opportunity to get their name out and share what they do," Russow said.

Unlike Fargo, West Fargo allows attendees of events, such as Cruise Night, to saunter Sheyenne Street with open alcohol containers. Russow said the law will allow for alcohol at the event, but it will be open to all ages and focuses on providing a family friendly experience.

Applications, sponsorship forms and more information can be found at " target="_blank">westfargond.gov/861/West-Fargo-Street-Fair.

Wendy Reuer

Wendy reports for The Forum and West Fargo Pioneer, where she is also assistant editor. A University of Minnesota Morris graduate from North Dakota, Wendy started her career in television news and entertainment in Minnesota and at CBS in Television City, Calif. before working at newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota. 

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