Sunday, April 06, 2008

Of Bike Racks and Trashcans: The 4th Ave. Spring Fair 2008 April 6

One of America's top street fairs is held every Fall and Spring along six blocks of 4th Ave. in Tucson, Arizona. Named after 4th Ave. where the fairs are held and now on its 38th year, the 4th Ave. Fall and Spring Fairs attract 200,000-400,000 visitors. Over 400 arts, crafts, and clothing booths, dozens of food and drink vendors, street musicians and street performers, political activists, hippies, artists, and all sorts of people join the merchants, stores, and restaurants along the hip, hippie, and artsy 4th Ave. The three-day celebration is an expected and fun-filled gathering of the Tucson community and out-of-towners.

The 4th Ave. Spring Fair was held this weekend (April 4-6) and had some great finds in terms of art, jewelry, crafts, and collectibles. Two wall climbing towers were set up along with a “VAN GROW” kids hands-on-art area. Dozens of food booths served an international menu ranging from Mexican, Thai, Greek, Italian, among others to regional fry bed, tri-tip BBQ, fried chicken and more.

4th Ave. is also known as a bastion of the biking community in Tucson. Bike swaps are held regularly with the next one coming up on April 20. The last swap attracted 15,000 participants. On both sidewalks of 4th Ave. are bike racks and trashbins made out of old bike parts. Many look eclectic and funky and add to the artistic and iconoclastic atmosphere in 4th Ave. Check out my photos below.

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