7 Reasons To Love Street Fairs

Street Fairs are a grand, old fashion fun way to gather residents and visitors alike to celebrate a city’s traditional event. Street Fairs are typically part of a larger event that takes place (free to the public) in addition to paid events like concerts, parades, and garden parties, etc.

7 reasons to love a street fair

One of the largest festivals in North Carolina happens to be the Azalea Festival, which takes place in Coastal Wilmington. The Azalea Festival honors the “Azalea Flower” and it’s been a tradition since 1948 in the Wilmington area. The festival is scheduled during peak bloom time for the Azaleas, beautifying the scene for all the social events to follow.   You can read more about the Azalea Festival and its rich history and events here.

And if you’re interested in viewing more photos of the beautiful Azaleas in full bloom, look here at some gorgeous photos I posted at Greenfield Lake last year during peak bloom time.

As the events unfold in various places around the city from the beach to the country clubs, the street fair remains in full swing, featuring Artists (local and from other states), food vendors, dancers, bands, retailers and e-tailers, eager to introduce their product and themselves to the public. Lots of everything, silver jewelry, soaps, paintings, clothing, hats, and wind chimes. There is something for everyone’s taste. Wait till you see what I purchased!

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The combination of sugary treats make the Street Fair totally worth it! You must try a deep fried milky way or a red velvet oreo’s when you get a chance, and if the likes of fried candy  don’t excite you, the fair favorites like cotton candy, funnel cakes and candy apples are always a win.

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2016 Azalea Festival Street Fair

The local restaurants and business along the Street Fair path are busy, but well prepared for the anticipated large crowds. Below is local favorite, Front Street Brewery.

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Street vendors line their tents up and down the streets hoping to grab passerby’s attention. The folks seem to come prepared with patience and don’t seem to mind the long lines. Thankfully, the city blocks off the roads from car traffic, making the Street Fair pedestrian friendly.

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Here is a photo of the wind chime I purchased from a cute couple named Barb and Ron from Columbia, SC., who make chimes out of their garage from wine bottles. I love this chime, what do you think, stunning huh? 

 

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From the Street Fair location along the Cape Fear River many get to see the historic Battleship. Oh, so here is a photo of the impressive USS North Carolina Battleship as it sits parked in its home, directly across from downtown in full view of Water Street.

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The USS North Carolina Battleship welcomes visitors daily to come see what lies within her quiet, majestic, but stately steel walls, filled with history. The Ship is a beautiful part of the downtown Wilmington landscape. If you have time or you’re interested, check out the details above or better yet, come see it for yourself.

Okay, finally I get to the 7 Reasons To Love Street Fairs… Are you still with me?

                                    7 Reasons To Love Street Fairs

  1. You can lollygag around in the streets with no traffic worry.
  2. Carnival rides and parades are always happening.
  3. The amazing food trucks; Guilt free zone for junk food.
  4. Meeting new artists and discovering new products they’re selling at their booth.
  5. Street talent, individual and group performances.
  6. Be outside in the fresh air and sunshine:).
  7. Spending time with friends and people you know, but haven’t seen in a while.

Street fairs are a fun add-on to other events, or can simply be the main event. Either way, it’s a great way to spend some free time when you get the chance..

Making my way around the convoy of venues, I was pleasantly surprised when I bumped into a friend helping out another friend at a tent event. A smiling face emerges… Jesse Munto (You might occasionally read some of her thoughts on my blog comment section).

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That’s my list of 7 Reasons To Love Street Fairs, hopefully one of them resonates with you. What do you love about Street Fairs? What fun did I forget to mention that you experienced at a Street Fair?

Never give up your sense of wonder, there’s too many places to wander. When is the last time you set out to wander? 

Not all who wander are lost

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Take A Ferry Ride

2013-08-28 01.56.12If you are lucky enough to live near a ferry, I urge you to take a joy ride. This is the Fort Fisher Ferry off the Wilmington NC coast. It’s such a fun way to travel, just buy a ticket and drive your car down one of the lanes. Minutes later, it’s you, your vehicle and the Cape Fear River from every view.

in my jeep on the ferryThis is me, sharing an extraordinary day with you. I have ridden the ferry many times, but not in several years, and with time, our perspective and appreciation often changes. Excited and eager to fill my eyes with the beautiful canvas of the sea surrounding me on all sides.

2013-08-28 01.40.00One of the best parts is getting out of my jeep, free to walk around on the voyage. Inhaling and indulging on the scent only worn by the sea. And the seagulls and pelicans flying along, popping in and out of the ferry, singing little happy songs along the way. It seems as if they are the ocean’s hospitality ambassadors. Seagulls are always attentive to people, watching, waiting, ready to fly away if you come to close.

ferry boatYou can see all different kinds of ferry boats on the water. Some just transport passengers, luggage, animals, but not vehicles. The ferry I am on arrived in Southport, a small quaint little town where I grew up and went to school. You may have heard of some of the movies being filmed there, like Stephen King’s” Under The Dome”oh, and the recent Nicholas Sparks book “Safe Haven”. Don’t worry, I won’t leave you there…I will share a photo of one of the houses used in the movie “Safe Haven” in Southport.

Departing the ferry in Southport I have that feeling of nostalgia creeping into my reality and eagerly I drive on towards the highway, but first stopping to snap that picture I promised.

2013-08-28 07.06.312013-08-28 07.06.13So here is one of the set locations. I could show you more, but I have another ferry to catch. By the way, the coastal NC is home to Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill. Wilmington is ” Wilmywood” by Hollywood. Where Hollywood and Wilmington unite.

The next ferry travels to Bald Head Island without your vehicle. This island is so amazing, only golf carts, no cars on the island (except island official vehicles). To describe the island would be another blog. Maybe a part 2 or my first blog sequel. It’s just too spectacular to describe in a sentence or two, so I won’t attempt, but tag the name for your bucket list, it will be worth it.

A few hours later and back to the ride home. Take time to explore the wonders around you. Live some extraordinary days…and take a ferry ride.

xoxo cars on ferry boat