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With new vendors, Division Clinton Street Fair bigger than ever

With more than double the number of vendors than in years past, this year’s Division Clinton Street Fair and Parade, on Saturday, July 23, should be the largest ever.

For the 24th annual Division Clinton Street Fair there will be more performers, more food carts and more artisan vendors. In total, there will be 125 vendors selling everything from T-shirts to ice cream. In addition, shops across the foodie-heaven that is the streets of Division and Clinton will offer sales and deals on their various goods.

The street fair is kicked off by the Division Clinton Parade, which starts at Southeast 50th Avenue and Division Street at 10:45 a.m.

The parade gives Portland a “small-town feel,” says Sydney Mead, president of the Division Clinton Business Association. Featured in the parade are performances by the Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers, the One More Time Around Marching Band and The Joy Now Arts Project, which includes a marching band but also a circus-type performance with jugglers and performers walking on stilts.

After the parade, the street fair will continue, finishing at 5 p.m. What may set apart the street fair from other street fairs in the Portland area is the number of established businesses already on Division and Clinton that will take part in the street fair.

For instance, Piccolina, an upscale kids and maternity resale shop, will hold its annual 50 percent off sidewalk sale. In addition, The Divide Shop will have a 15 percent off scooter sale and will also give away a few scooters.

Another attraction, Off the Waffle, will give away free mini waffles. Other shops that will have sales include Collage, Portland Eye Care, Adorn and Annie Meyer Artwork.

Another Clinton Street attraction is a free showing of “The Wizard of Oz” at the Clinton Street Theater, which starts at 2:30 p.m.

The street fair will have three stages scattered throughout the fair. The main stage at Southeast 28th across from Piccolo Park will include performances from Joy Now, contestants from the Teen Idol and a band headlined by 15-year-olds — Limits of Jupiter.

Mead says the amount of music and entertainment at this year’s street fair makes it a livelier affair.

Mead says the majority of vendors will be crafters and artisans with a handful of food vendors as well. Division Street is well known for its “restaurant row” or as an “eat street,” Mead says. Prominent restaurants on Division include Pok Pok, Nuestra Cocina and St. Honoré Boulangerie.

Of the various vendors and carts that will attend the street fair, maybe the most unique is Portland Opera a la Cart. The cart will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and allows for fair-goers to order operatic performances of their favorite opera songs.

“It’s a great way to spend a Portland summer afternoon,” Mead says.