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Grand Ave. Street Festival brings them in by the thousands



The street scene on Grand Avenue as the festival heated up on Sunday.

The street scene on Grand Avenue as the festival heated up on Sunday.

Sunday’s Grand Avenue Festival was blessed by one of the finest mornings of the spring, and the public showed up in their thousands to stroll along the avenue, sampling the wares of over 500 vendors.

We talked to one such vendor, Mike Richman, who has been doing the festival for about eight years with his collection of “ephemera” i.e. paper collectibles. He told the Times Advocate, “In the morning we get senior citizens coming through. They are the collectors and have all of the stuff that I’m looking for.

One of the colorful vendors.

One of the colorful vendors.

We share stories. Then about midday we get families and their kids and pets. Then later in the day, all of a sudden all of the teenagers show up.

“So it’s a good crowd from about 9 a.m. to about 5 p.m. It’s a good day and the weather is cooperating today. This is about the best-managed event that I’ve seen in Escondido. Everything runs flawless, from the load-ins to the load-outs to the crowd control and safety and organizational. It’s just a very good event.”

We caught up with Rorie

Chamber CEO Rorie Johnston keeps things moving at the festival.

Chamber CEO Rorie Johnston keeps things moving at the festival.

Johnson, CEO of the Chamber, who was kept busy all day running the event. “We have our full stage of entertainment. It’s a day to come out and shop and find some good food and gifts.”

The street faire is one of the largest such events in the state. You could literally spend the entire day walking up and down the 12 city blocks that were roped off and not see the same thing twice. It was truly a pedestrian’s paradise, and also a great event for dog lovers and their pooches.




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