Saturday set for family, food, fun on Tigard's Main Street
Not ready to say goodbye to summer?
Main Street in Tigard is hosting one last big community event for the season on Saturday, Sept. 9, as the City of Tigard holds a Family Fest Fun Run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. from Tigard City Hall to the intersection of Main and Tigard streets downtown, the Tigard Downtown Alliance holds its annual Explore Downtown Tigard Street Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and then the city caps off the day with its annual Latino Festival from 5 to 9 p.m.
The fun run is about 3 miles in length and is open to runners and walkers alike, including participants with strollers. It will end at the Street Fair, where participants will be able to enjoy refreshments and tacos from local food truck Koi Fusion.
Registration for the fun run is $5, or free for children under the age of 6. Space is limited.
Whether coming from an invigorating run or walk or just showing up for the festival, visitors to the Street Fair will find plenty to do there.
Organizers boast about 170 vendors committed for the Street Fair, including local stores, service providers, living communities, and food and drink companies.
Steve DeAngelo, president of the Tigard Downtown Alliance, said it will be the "largest Street Fair ever" in Tigard.
"The Street Fair gets bigger every year. We've expanded the closure zone and we've added booths and booth space," said DeAngelo, recalling how "sparse" the fair was when the Tigard Downtown Alliance first took it over. The event is now in its sixth year.
He said, "It's grown somewhat organically and also through a lot of hard work with outreach and vendor support, and it's been a lot of work, but there's been a lot of reward."
The event will feature a beer and wine garden, food trucks, live music, and family-friendly activities, including a bounce house, an antique fire truck and a kids' zone at Tyler's Automotive, DeAngelo said.
Following the Street Fair is the Latino Festival, which organizer Betsy Rodriguez Ruef said is "back by popular demand" after a successful debut last year. She said the city has lined up 40 vendors, twice as many as last year, and is hoping to double last year's turnout of about 850 people as well.
"It's a celebration of Hispanic culture, but it is geared toward absolutely everyone," she said, adding, "It's very family-oriented."
Along with kids' activities, such as face-painting and a photo booth, there will be performing arts from different regions of Latin America presented for festival-goers' enjoyment, including mariachi and Aztec dancing from Mexico and folk dancing from Peru.
Admission to both the Street Fair and Latino Festival are free of charge.
The day of festivities will keep Main Street closed between Burnham Street and the railroad tracks from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. The public parking lot behind the Tigard Chamber of Commerce and Symposium Coffee, 12345 S.W. Main St., will also be closed until 10 p.m. for the Latino Festival. TriMet bus stops will be temporarily relocated.
By Mark Miller
Assistant Editor, The Times
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