The numbers are not all in yet, by any count the second annual Santee Street Fair surpassed the first by a wide margin – more booths, more performers, more food, and many more visitors. Last year the Santee Chamber of Commerce was hoping for upwards of 10,000 people at the first Street Fair, and estimates for that one ran between 35,000 and 50,000. This year they talked about passing that, but kept the predictions conservative at 35,000 plus. To all appearances, it seemed to have beaten that number by early afternoon.
Crowds packed the 2010 Santee Street Fair all day
The focus this year was clearly on entertainment. The Street Fair added a third stage, the Trolley Square Amphitheater, in order to expand the number of bands that could perform. The new venue showcased Santee groups Blues 1-4-5 and Ramshackle, while the Main Stage featured Lindsey Spurlock, The Corvettes, Outta-Sync, and Rockola. As it did last year, the Community Stage hosted a variety of community groups, including Santee Recreation dance classes, martial arts groups, and an amazing quartet of young students from a local music school. Also, the Main Stage was moved to allow for more dancing room – which was needed, especially when The Corvettes and Rockola played. In between acts, Master of Ceremonies Clint August, from Rock 105.3, kept the fun going with giveaways from vendors. He also introduced Carlos Montoya, a WWII veteran and survivor of the Bataan Death March who was at the Street Fair for the second year.
WWII Veteran Carlos Montoya
Food was also a big draw, with more restaurant booths than last year, and barbecue and grilling were popular cooking styles. Hunter Steakhouse returned with tri tip, chicken, and corn on the big grill, and Pinnacle Peak brought out its own fire pit with ribs, chicken, and killer buffalo burgers. One of the newer restaurants in Santee, Smokin’ Joe’s Barbecue, brought over mounds of barbecued beef and pulled pork for sandwiches, along with samples of their trademark mild and spicy sauces. For those looking for something simpler, SPARC, the Santee Parks and Recreation Committee, grilled up hot dogs. And if you were not in the mood for something from the grill, there were plenty of other offerings, including pizza from Italia Ristorante, gyros, funnel cake, shaved ice, and much more.
Pinnacle Peak’s booth at the Street Fair
In addition to promoting the City of Santee, the Street Fair also served as a giant fundraiser for the Santee Food Bank. Fairgoers were encouraged to bring canned and other non-perishable foods to donate to the cause. In addition, Lloyd’s Collision and Repair had two activities people could choose from: a raffle for a $3000 automotive paint job or a photo with the Lloyd’s Girls and a ’57 Chevy. All the money raised went to the Food Bank, along with any food donations dropped off at their booth by the Main Stage.
Robert Lloyd of Lloyd’s Collision and Repair and the Lloyd’s Girls
If you missed the Street Fair, not to worry. Not only will there be a third annual event next year, but this year there will be the first ever Santee Car Show in October. This will be held in the same location, along Riverview Drive, and will feature classic cars on display along with craft booths, food, and music.
Check out my story on the Street Fair on Santee Examiner, and see more photos on Facebook on the Recovering Teacher Services page.