The first annual Santee Street Fair was certainly a success, in many ways: over 200 vendor booths, two stages, four great local bands, the Johnsonville Big Taste Wagon, and steady crowds all day long. The picture above was taken in the evening, during a relative lull in the day-long crowds. I wish I could have gotten up earlier to show just how packed it was most of the day.
The original goals of the Street Fair included showcasing the city, generating some fun and excitement, and providing local businesses an opportunity to connect with potential new customers. The final numbers are not in yet, but all three goals seem to have been easily reached. I do know that the Boy Scouts and SPARC (Santee Park and Recreation Committee) both had very successful fund raising activities. The Scouts had a pancake breakfast (which was featured on the KUSI morning news) that took advantage of all the vendors setting up early that day, while SPARC had hot dogs and drinks most of the day. Both groups had to resupply several times.
Boy Scouts man their Pancake Breakfast
SPARC Hot Dog Booth
Another big fund raiser was the Johnsonville Big Taste Wagon, which was staffed by the members of the Santee-Lakeside Rotary. The 65-foot long grill cooked up brats all day, with the money going to help the Rotary with their community projects.
As with the old Business and Craft Expo, the Santee Recreation Program dance classes performed on the Community Stage. Scores of kids and several adults showed off the skills they have been learning the past weeks in ballet, hip-hop, jazz, tap, and adult belly dancing. The instructors who work with these talented young people and adults deserve a round of applause for how well their students performed.
At the other end of the Street Fair was the Main Stage where four local bands entertained crowds from early afternoon until the night. Santee regulars Honky Tonk Kings and 80Z All Stars were joined by the Coolrays and Outta Sync (although I missed the last group’s performance) to keep folks rocking out until after 8:00. Chamber President Rob McNelis played Master of Ceremonies at the Main Stage, keeping things rolling between bands.
Next year look for the Street Fair to be bigger and better. If you have any suggestions of thoughts for next time, you can leave them here or send them to the Santee Chamber of Commerce at email@example.com.
Stay tuned for more pictures.
For now, you can see some pictures on my Facebook page.