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Fourth Annual Santee Street Fair to Honor Our Military Heroes

The wildly successful Santee Street Fair returns this Saturday, May 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. along Riverview Drive east of Santee Trolley Square. The family-friendly event is free and features hundreds of vendors, live bands, rides and games for the kids and plenty of food. This year, to help kick off the Memorial Day Weekend, the Santee Street Fair will honor our military heroes with a special ceremony.

The Santee Street Fair is the largest single-day festival in the East County, with over 40,000 people attending last year and even more expected this time. It is put on by the Santee Chamber of Commerce and the City of Santee as a way to promote the community throughout the greater San Diego region. Businesses from throughout Santee and around the county will be there to share information with visitors.

Santee’s own Clint August, from 101KGB, will act as master of ceremonies for the day, but there are rumors that a certain local pirate could drop in to commandeer the microphone at some point. Along with the Santee Chamber of  Commerce and the City of Santee, the Street Fair is supported by Padre Dam’s Santee Lakes, Barona Resort & Casino, AIR Santee, SDG&E, Union Bank, El Cajon Harley Davidson and many other companies and organizations.

The first Street Fair, in 2009, came together in only six months and showed what Santee could do when people who cared about the city put their minds together. Since then it has grown to a greatly-anticipated celebration that draws rave reviews every year. The 2012 edition will feature many of the same vendors and entertainment that people have enjoyed, with many new ones to discover.

New to the Main Stage this year will be Atomic Groove, billed as the best in variety dance bands. The group has been voted the Best Local Band in Ranch & Coast Magazine and in the Union-Tribune’s SignOn San Diego Readers’ Poll. Joining Atomic Groove from their popular shows last year will be Credence Relived, a Credence Clearwater Revival tribute band, and Liquid Blue, certified by the Guinness Book of Records as “The World’s Most Traveled Band.”

While the Street Fair is free, as is parking, be sure to bring plenty of money to enjoy all of the different foods that will be on hand. In the past the fare has ranged from Hawaiian shaved ice to hot dogs and hamburgers and top-notch barbecue. This year the beer garden will feature Santee’s own Manzanitza Brewing Company, which will soon celebrate their second anniversary with a move to a new, larger facility.

Read about the 2011 Santee Street Fair on Santee Examiner

Read about the 2010 Santee Street Fair on Santee Examiner and Scouting Santee

Read about the 2009 Santee Street Fair on Scouting Santee

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Third Annual Santee Street Fair on Saturday, May 28

It’s time once again for Santee’s annual Street Fair on Saturday, May 28. This will be the third year for the event, which is put on by the Santee Chamber of Commerce and the City of Santee to help promote the community throughout the greater San Diego County region. In just two years the Fair has drawn over 100,000 visitors who come to enjoy the food, games, music, and fun.

The Street Fair takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. along Riverview Parkway, just north of Mission Gorge Rd. You can drive to the Fair, or take the trolley and avoid the parking hassles. There will be some 300 vendor booths, three stages, six bands, community entertainment, and much more. In addition, for the adults, there will be the beer and wine garden presented by Sportsplex USA.

This year the musical lineup includes Fossil Fuel, Mudwolf, and Blues 145 at the Trolley Square Amphitheater and the group Country Rockin’ Rebels on the Community Stage. The main stage will feature hot zydeco and Cajun music by Bayou Brothers, Classic rock by the tribute group Credence Relived, and Liquid Blue which has been certified as “The World’s Most Traveled Band” by the Guinness Book of World Records.

For directions and more details, visit the Santee Street Fair website. You can check out a promotional video by Sam Diego, aka Captain Sam. Read about the 2010 Santee Street Fair and the original 2009 Street Fair on Scouting Santee. The Santee Street Fair helps support the Santee Food Bank, so bring a food donation or drop off some of the green when you come.

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Second Santee Street Fair Tops First by a Mile

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.


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Street Fair Returns Bigger and Better

The Santee Street Fair is back for its second year, and it will be bigger and better than before.  The fun officially begins Saturday, May 29, at 10:00, and vendors will be completing their setups before then.  Last year the Boy Scouts had a pancake breakfast for vendors and early arrivals, and they went through three runs of supplies.  In fact, all of the local food providers underestimated the turnout and had to resupply multiple times.  This year all of the vendors and food booths will be ready for the huge crowd expected – at least 35,000 over the 9 hours of the Fair.  The Street Fair has expanded to include more space, more booths, more food, and more entertainment.  Also this year the Beer Garden will become a Beer and Wine Garden (still adults only, of course).

This year the entertainment includes three stages, a community stage, the Main Stage, and this year the addition of music at the Trolley Center Amphitheater.  On the Main Stage the lineup kicks off with Lindsay Spurlock at 10:00 am, followed by The Corvettes, Outta-Sync, and Rockola.  The Amphitheater will feature Blues 1-4-5 and Ramshackle.  For more details on the music, check the Street Fair List of Bands.

For a review of last year’s Street Fair, click here.

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Santee Street Fair Returns

It’s time again to start thinking about the Santee Street Fair.  In fact, the Chamber of Commerce has been thinking about it for weeks now, and much of the preparation work has already been done.  This year’s Street Fair will be even bigger and better than last year’s – and probably even more crowded.  Last year many vendors, especially food vendors, ran out of supplies before the end of the day; this year they will be ready, but the best chance of getting exactly what you want will be if you get there early.

This year the Fair will stretch the entire length of Civic Center Drive and the stage and beer garden will be relocated to provide more space for both.  The entertainment will again include dance groups from the Santee Recreation Department on the Community Stage and headliners on the Main Stage.  This year the Main Stage entertainment will include Lindsay Spurlock (former “Lakeside Idol” winner), The Corvettes, Outta-Sync, and Rockola.

If you are planning to be a part of the Fair as a vendor, click here.

Review of 2009 Santee Street Fair

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Santee Street Fair a Success

 Santee Street Fair - Evening

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

Boy Scouts Pancake Breakfast

SPARC Hot Dog Booth

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.

Johnsonville Big Taste Wagon

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.

Community Stage

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.

MC Rob McNelis

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 info@santee-chamber.org.

Stay tuned for more pictures.

For now, you can see some pictures on my Facebook page.


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Santee Street Fair – Quick Review

Santee Street Fair

I have returned from all day shooting at the first Santee Street Fair.  I will have a more detailed post on it soon, but I wanted to get something up tonight before I collapse from exhaustion.  And I know a number of others are at least as tired as I am, if not more so.  But it was all worth it.  I think I can safely say that this event exceeded at least the majority of expectations.

The planning for this day started only in January, and there were people who didn’t think it could be carried off.  Well, they were quite satisfied being wrong.  To give you an idea how successful the day was…

  • The Boy Scouts were selling pancake breakfast to raise money for their activities – they had to send out three or four times for more supplies
  • Eccentric International Chefs had to restock their supply of pastries three times
  • Hunter’s Steak House ran out of sides to go with their delicious tri-tip
  • Several vendors ran out of give-away items

Were there some glitches?  Of course there were, but nothing major – mix-ups on locations or a need to move someone seemed to be the biggest things.  Are there things that can be improved for next year?  Of course there were – and if you were at the Street Fair and saw something that could be improved, they want to hear about it.  After all, you can’t get better if you don’t know what to work on.

I’ll be back with a more in-depth post and more pictures soon.

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Street Fair on Saturday

Santee Street Fair

Okay, here is the last reminder you’ll get from me (no promises about getting them from anyone else) about the first Santee Street Fair on Saturday, May 30.  This is going to be a top-flight event, with something for just about everyone.  Want to check out some local businesses?  How about over 200 booths.  Something to eat?  Try the Johnsonville Big Taste Grill.  Care for some adult beverage?  Yep, there will be a Beer Garden, too.  And don’t forget games and rides for the kids of all ages.

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Santee Street Fair – All Set

Santee Street Fair

The spaces are taken, the bands are lined up, and everything is ready for the first Santee Street Fair.  Saturday, May 30, is the day, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm is the time, and Riverview Parkway just north of Mission Gorge Rd. is the place.  This is going to be a spectacle not to be missed, with rides, crafts, over 200 vendors, entertainment, and much more.  How much more?  How about a Beer Garden?  Not enough for you?  Well then, what about the Johnsonville Big Taste Grill – a 65-foot long behemoth that can grill up to 2500 bratwurst an hour!

The entertainment will include some local community groups in the morning, and four great bands in the afternoon and evening.  Kicking off the music at 1:30 pm is Outta Sync, playing “Classic Rock with a Detroit Edge.”  At 3:00 pm the Coolrays come in with their vintage “Beach Boys Style” music.  The Honky Tonk Kings, a regular at Santee events, hit the stage at 5:00 pm with their Country Western Swing-Rock music.  Finally, the 80z All Stars wrap up the evening with the sounds of the 80s starting at 7:00 pm.

For more details about the event, check out the Santee Street Fair website.

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Santee Street Fair – Update

Santee Street Fair

The time is nearing for the first Santee Street Fair on May 30.  In case you didn’t realize it, the Street Fair replaces the old Business and Craft Fair that used to be held at the Wal-Mart parking lot in early June.  So, if you were thinking of waiting for that, you’ll be waiting a long time for nothing.

If you own a business and want to take part in the Street Fair, right now you have less than a month to get in your application for space.  If you don’t take part, you could be missing a great opportunity to showcase what you do.  There will be food, games, rides, a beer garden, and lots of people wandering around looking at all the booths – will you have one?

For more information, or to get an application…

Santee Chamber of Commerce

Santee Street Fair Flyer

Vendor Application

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