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Adams Avenue Street Fair Rocks Normal Heights

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Aired 9/28/09

Vendors, bands and people filled Adams Avenue in Normal Heights this weekend for the annual Adams Avenue Street Fair.

A shot of the Adams Avenue Street Fair in Normal Heights as the festival was getting under way.
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Above: A shot of the Adams Avenue Street Fair in Normal Heights as the festival was getting under way.

— Vendors, bands and people filled Adams Avenue in Normal Heights this weekend for the annual Adams Avenue Street Fair.

The fair got going early on Saturday with bands playing by 11 a.m. And even though it wasn’t quite lunch time, people were already munching on kettle corn, slurping snow cones and sipping beer. Megan O’Dowd was walking her dog through the fair. She lives in Normal Heights and has been coming to the festival for the past six years.

“It’s a lot of community people which is exactly why I love Normal Heights. It’s a lot of people that live around here and you see people walking around with their dogs. They’re definitely laid back,” she says.

O’Dowd says one her favorite parts of the fair is the music. Organizers bill the event as one of the largest free music festivals in California. More then 70 bands perform on six stages, and a lot of people come out to see those bands.

That’s a good thing for business owners like Dick Magaña. He owns the Mariposa ice cream shop on Adams and was wandering through the crowd checking out the other vendors before the day got too busy.

“It’s a huge plus for our business because we get 100,000 people this weekend who come right by our store. So a lot of people find out about our store and they become customers,” he says.

Magaña says he thinks the street fair is one of the best in San Diego. It seems like other people must agree. The festival has been rocking Adams Avenue for the past 28 years.

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Veylus | September 28, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

Adams Ave. Street Fair was a great way to spend the weekend. A great combination of food, fun, and music. For me, kettle corn and hawaiian ice are a must at these kind of events. I was lucky enough to find a vendor that did both! I did notice a lack of variety with some of the same food vendors repeating themselves in other locations 2 or or 3 times.

Many of the local eateries enjoyed robust business - even more so if they had a/c on the hot days. Also their pricing had much more value. Most of the food in the fair was either $4 for single item or $8 for a combo. $3-5 for drinks. The 7-11 was doing tremendous business. The local dining had better food @ better prices. I will definitely be going back to the Greek place!

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