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Street Fair returns to downtown Arlington July 12-14

Marysville’s James Mills demonstrates how he makes his “Arcane Glass” artwork during last year’s Arlington Street Fair. - File Photo
Marysville’s James Mills demonstrates how he makes his “Arcane Glass” artwork during last year’s Arlington Street Fair.
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ARLINGTON — Great live music, delicious food, handmade goods and family activities can all be found at the 23rd annual Arlington Street Fair set for July 12-14 in downtown Arlington.

Debbie Whitis, who is also known around town as "The Purse Lady," is in her third year of chairing the event.

"It's going to be pretty much the same as last year," said Whitis. "Last year we sold 110 booths, and I believe we will have that many or more again. We are trying to build it back up to be a hometown event."

On Saturday, July 13, the Street Fair will feature its annual "Arlington Idol" contest, with the winner of the talent show taking home a $100 prize. The fair will also feature an open mic.

"Anyone can come up to the microphone and tell a joke, recite a poem, or bring their guitar and plug it into our amps and play a song," said Whitis.

Live music from local bands will play throughout the day and into the evening, while vendors sell their food and goods.

"We have a lot of local handmade items, but we also have things like Cookie Lee and local restaurants making an appearance," said Whitis.

The Arlington Farmer's Market will also have its tents and booths set up on Olympic Avenue from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, so those attending the Street Fair will have an additional group of local artists, farmers, beekeepers, florists and more who will provide a number of interesting local products to browse, in addition to the more than 100 vendors set to be on site for the entire weekend. A shuttle to the Arlington Fly-In at the Arlington Municipal Airport will be provided free of charge.

For more information, visit the Downtown Arlington Business Association website at

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