Largest one day street fair draws huge crowds

November 13, 2012 by  

Carlsbad Village Faire was held on November 4, the first Sunday in November, and signified the start of Christmas shopping for locals and visitors to the event. The one-day shopping event is held every year in Carlsbad, California and is believed to be the largest one-day street fair of its kind in the US.

This is the 39th year of the fair, organized by the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. It is held on such a large scale that State Street, Grand Avenue, and much of the surrounding area is taken over by the event. The shopping event has become such a firm tradition in the area that visitors plan their holidays around it, according to the communications director for Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, Jose Lopez.

Over 100,000 people turned up to shop, with over 850 vendors providing a variety of goods from clothes, household goods, antiques, to home décor. More than 50 food booths were available, selling a variety of cuisine types, from Hawaiian to Thai. The Kiwanis Club of Carlsbad held its traditional breakfast of pancakes, which has been served up for more than 25 years, between 7:00 am and midday. As parking is difficult on the day of the street fair, shuttle services were provided. Children’s activities were also a feature, from face painting to a bouncy castle. Although the annual event is popular, local poster printing services may have been used to promote the event, giving details of parking facilities and amenities on the day.