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Vendors, restaurants saw sizable turnout during return of annual street fair

PMG PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Multnomah Days attendees line Capitol Highway mid-day during the neighborhood street fair. Event organizers encouraged attendees to wear masks in crowded spaces throughout the festival.Hundreds turned out Saturday, Aug. 21 for the return of Multnomah Days. The annual Multnomah Village neighborhood street festival on Southwest Capitol Highway took a hiatus in 2020, but organizers with the Multnomah Village Business Association brought back the event this year, sans parade.

PMG PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Festival attendees dance to the live music during a set by Nathan Olsen during the 2021 Multnomah Days street festival."There's been a lot of foot traffic, it's been steady since about 10 a.m.," said Esther Brock, as she greeted visitors to the Sarah J Handmade booth.

While attendees perused vendor booths and filled up the outdoor dining areas that dot Capitol Highway, shoppers spilled out of boutique stores as live music reverberated throughout the block. Kids frolicked in front of a bubble machine, while others lined the street holding balloons and ice cream cones.

PMG PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Children play in front of a bubble machine Saturday, Aug. 21 during Multnomah Days.The August event was the first and only neighborhood fair to return in 2021. Event organizers encouraged fair-goers to wear masks in crowded outdoor areas and spaced vendor booths further apart. Mid-afternoon, the majority of attendees donned masks.

"The weather is perfect and we are having a great time!" organizers posted to the event page Saturday.

The Multnomah Village Business Association is fast at work planning the next community event- Halloween in the Village.

"While our celebration was a bit different in 2020 due to COVID, we are hopeful that we can once again schedule the Trick-Or-Treat Costume Parade as well as the virtual costume and pumpkin decorating contest via social media," MVBA announced via its website.

For more information about the association and upcoming events, visit www.multnomahvillage.org/.


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