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Thousands to attend 4th Avenue Street Fair

Posted at 9:50 PM, Apr 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-02 12:27:05-04

Friday marked the start of the Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair and large crowds already have come out to experience the smells and sounds of the massive event. 

The three-day fair ends on Sunday and when it is all over, organizers expect about 320,000 people will have made a trip downtown to see it. Lucky for them, there are plenty of performers, food and vendors to keep everyone busy. 

For jewelry-seller Lizzie Mead, she told KGUN9, the first day has already been a success to start-off the weekend. 

"The weather is perfect," Mead said with a smile."You couldn't ask for better weather and everybody is friendly, having a good time. It's just been a beautiful day."
 
Mead is trying to make her mark while competing with more than 400 other arts and crafts vendors. 
 
"We have a whole, we have over 100 one of a kind bracelets to choose from," Mead explained. 
 
But, your biggest decision may not be what bracelet to get, but where to park. 
 
"You're going to spend a lot of time circling around, most likely," said Donovan Durband.
 
Durband is with Park Tucson and said, free metered parking is available this weekend, but with the large crowds - it may be hard to come by. 
 
"Your best bet is just drive straight to where... you know you're going to be able to find parking is where - is in a garage downtown or at the U of A," Durband said. 
 
The Streetcar is also an option or there is a free bicycle parking area, as well. 
 
On Saturday and Sunday, the fair will open at 10:00 a.m. and run until 6:00 p.m. This is all happening between Ninth Street and University Blvd. along Fourth Avenue.