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With more than 100 vendors and an expected 10,000 people in attendance, the Montavilla Street Fair is set to be the largest street fair in East County.


Montavilla East Tabor Business Association President Stephen Rice says he hopes the street fair will highlight the variety of businesses and vendors that Montavilla has to offer.

“It’s a very tight-knit community,” Rice says. “We pride ourselves as a neighborhood on maintaining our unique identity.”

Rice says he hopes that the street fair will attract residents from East County.

The Montavilla neighborhood was founded in the 1890s and has more than 16,000 residents.

“There’s a lot of history in Montavilla,” Rice says. “[There is] a very diverse mix of businesses that just make it a very unique area.”

The Montavilla East Tabor Business Association will shut down Stark Street from Southeast 76th to 82nd avenues from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 31, for the second year in a row. The street fair will highlight local businesses and vendors from Montavilla and include three stages for performances, with one exclusively for children.

The two main stages include The Old Yellers playing Americana music; Northbound Rain, a Grateful Dead cover band; reggae music from The Roaring Lions; Low Hanging Fruit playing folk music; original rock from Zigmus; and Los Homely Boys offering classic rock. Micah and Me Rocks! and Chatta Addy will perform on the kids stage.

The Montavilla Street Fair has one of the largest calendars of events for children. The special section of the street fair designed for youngsters, dubbed “Kidvilla,” includes an obstacle course, games and activities led by the Cascade Athletic Center, arts and crafts, and a music stage.

In addition, children and parents alike might be excited for the street fair’s dunk tank.

With this year’s fair falling on a Sunday, the Montavilla Farmer’s Market will be in full swing.

The market includes vendors offering fresh produce, brewers, distillers and restaurateurs.

One vendor that Rice highlighted was Mixteca Catering, which he said has the best mole in the entire city. Mole is a traditional Mexican sauce.

In addition, East Glisan Pizza Lounge will preview a new Detroit style of pizza.

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