Streetfest drawing families downtown

By Geoff Lee

June 9, 2016 12:00 AM

Streetfest brings plenty of people to the downtown area of Lloydminster with activities for the family and different vendors lining the street.

The 7th annual Streetfest will once again act as a magnet, drawing thousands of people and families to downtown Lloydminster for a fun day like no other.
Roaming stilt walkers, a magic show with Sprinkles Clown in a kids’ zone and live entertainment on the main stage for all ages define Streetfest as a must-see summer event.
Streetfest is happening Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a slate of activities and events that drew more than 5,000 people down town last year on a cold day.
“It’s definitely a festival for the whole family,” said festival coordinator Serena Sjodin, Streefest coordinator who noted warmer weather is expected this year.
“So if the weather this year is good, I am expecting a very large turnout.”
Sjodin said the community gets really involved, all the downtown businesses participate, the art market and the farmers’ market vendors participate.
“We have received good sponsorship this year,” she added.
Companies such as Furniture Gallery, Border City Furniture, Tent Guys, Atlas Appraisal and Midwest Furniture have teamed up to sponsor a slew of games and entertainment for the whole family.
“There’s tons of activities for the kids in the kids zone,” said Sjodin.
‘There are so many great attractions and games.”
Coming up with something for everybody is what makes Streetfest a family event.
For older children there is a laser tag zone that’s free to participate.
For adults, there’s the farmers’ market, and the art market and outdoor vendors.
Adding to the mix are beer gardens and unlimited food.
“No matter the age, you will definitely have fun at Streetfest,” said Sjodin.
The action takes place in areas of 50 Ave. and 49 and 50 Streets blocked from traffic.
Parking is available downtown at Synergy Credit Union with two hours of parking available on off-streets.
Streetfest is a project of Destination Downtown Streetscapes in partnership with Arts Without Borders and the Lloydminster Farmers’ Market that kicks off the same day and runs until June 15.
“It’s a really great festival to showcase to the community the vibrancy of the downtown—there are so many great mom and pop businesses who really support Streetfest,” said Sjodin.
“Streetfest can really showcase how lively the downtown is.”
Organizing for the annual event starts in January.
“We have a great group of volunteers who put in a lot of hours organizing it,” said Sjodin.

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