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Explore Downtown Tigard Street Fair returns to Main Street on Sept. 12

Mark your calendars, the Explore Downtown Tigard Street Fair returns to Main Street on Saturday, Sept. 12.

The annual one-day festival stretches through much of downtown and offers something for everyone, said Diana Weston, downtown’s event coordinator.

Included in the day's activities will be carnival games, street vendors, sidewalk sales, food, a bounce house, a glass blowing demonstration, face painting and plenty of food.

The annual downtown get-together began in 2013 as a way to bring people to Tigard's long-struggling downtown core.

Sponsored by the Tigard Downtown Alliance, a group of Main Street-area businesses that works to promote the downtown, the event will include two stages, one featuring music by Nix Trix and CelloBop, the other featuring performances by local businesses and groups, including The Ballroom Dance Company, Mask & Mirror singers, Karate on Main and U.S. World Class Taekwondo,

Returning this year is Oregon’s Cloud City Garrison, a local costume club that recreates the costumes of “Star Wars” villains. The group donates its proceeds to local charities.

Between 3,000 and 5,000 people are expected to attend the Sept. 12 event, much more than have attended in years past.

"It has gotten tremendously larger than in past years," Weston said. "It's becoming much more of a real event."

The Explore Downtown Tigard Street Fair is designed to showcase some of the area’s businesses and merchants. But Weston said the festival has grown into something more — it’s about giving people a place to come together.

It's the first Street Fair since construction wrapped up in downtown earlier this year. The city said that improvements to downtown area were meant to make it more "pedestrian friendly" with bike racks and hanging glass baskets.

"Families will love our bounce house and getting their pictures taken with Star Wars characters," Weston said. "Take a walk along the Fanno Creek Trail with Tigard’s walker-in-chief, Joanne Bengtson, or if you like, join the Washington County Bicycle Transportation Coalition for a pre-fair free family bike ride. Afterwards, our food vendors will be waiting to help you refuel, or perhaps our beer garden will be more your style."

For more information, visit exploredowntowntigard.org.


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