Mississippi Street Fair rocks North Portland

13th annual fair is the city's biggest

The Mississippi Street Fair July 12, 2014 (KOIN 6)
The Mississippi Street Fair July 12, 2014 (KOIN 6)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The 13th annual Mississippi Street Fair brought thousands to the city’s largest street party Saturday.

Hot temperatures brought big crowds, and made the lives of dunk tank volunteers much easier.

The event aims to celebrates the businesses and community members that make the historic strip, from N. Fremont to N. Skidmore, special.

More than 200 vendors attended.

Highlights included a rip competition, dunk tank and beer garden.

The snow cones were flowing, and had the option of adding adult beverages, at vendor William Jeskie’s stall.

“It’s a good day,” he said.

“It’s pretty amazing, it’s very exciting, unfortunately we can only do it once a year,” he said. “But because it’s only once a year, we go all out.”

Dora Linda Hankins is visiting home from Texas, and checked out the fair to see how the neighborhood had changed over the years.

She said 20 years ago, the Mississippi strip was run down, but has progressed into a bike-friendly, family friendly neighborhood.

“You wouldn’t expect so many different vendors, we really enjoyed it,” she said.

 

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