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COURTESY PHOTO - The 21st annual Belmont Street Fair will take place between Southeast 33rd and 39th avenues and feature live music, arts and crafts, vendors and more.Haven’t been to a Portland street fair yet this summer? Have no fear, the Belmont Street Fair is last up to bat this weekend.

The fair takes place 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, in Southeast Portland’s Sunnyside neighborhood. Vendors, performers and more will line Belmont Street between Southeast 33rd and 39th avenues. Folks can take a free trolley ride between Southeast 20th and 49th avenues.

Belmont Street Fair coordinator Katie Meyer says they’re doing two new things for the 21st annual festival. They’re adding a third music stage on César Chávez Boulevard, and kicking off the Belmont Passport program.

The Passport Program, designed to bring customers into businesses in the district, began four weeks before the festival and ends the day of the street fair.

“You can pick up a passport book at any of the businesses along Belmont and if you make a purchase at three of them, you get an ‘I love Belmont’ keychain or T-shirt,” Meyer says. Participants also are entered in a contest to win a prize from a Belmont business.

“It’s a cool way before the fair day to get people in the businesses, because often people stay out on the street for the fair, but we have a lot of unique businesses,” she says.

Meyer used to be the president of the Belmont Area Business Association, and before that, she owned a business on Belmont which closed, called Olive Records.

The fair has continued to grow over the years, she says. This year, they’ve maxed out their physical space.

“Overall, year after year, attendance is growing like 30 percent,” Meyer says. An estimated 6,000 to 12,000 people attend the event.

She says roughly 30 local businesses along the stretch between 33rd and 39th streets participate, along with 200 vendors.

“It’s a pretty big fair,” she says.

There will be live music, beer gardens, shopping, a kids area featuring face painting and performers, as well as a bounce house. Meyer says “Portland’s favorite clowns” Olive and Dingo will be delivering laughs at the fair, too.

Another quirky aspect of the fair is the creation of “Central Park” — where a giant grassy patch is placed on the intersection of 34th and Belmont.

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