Mountain View Street Fair draws crowds to Clark

Mountain View’s annual neighborhood street fair kicked off under blue skies and plenty of sunshine Saturday at Clark Middle School.

Over the course of several hours, hundreds of people poured through the parking lot. Families ate 50-cent plates of hot dogs and potato salad provided by the Children’s Lunchbox, and more than a dozen community organizations and local businesses had booths set up throughout the lot.

StreetFair2Most of the booths offered information on neighborhood services and nonprofits. Many of them featured activities and prizes: There was a dunk tank at BTY Dental and a prize wheel at Credit Union 1. There was face painting and hair painting and a mechanical salmon. Firefighters gave engine tours to enthusiastic grade schoolers, and a line formed in front of a portable climbing wall.

“The kids have fun,” said Mountain View resident John Leslie, who arrived at the fair with his three children just after noon.

StreetFair3He said this was his family’s third year at the fair. If anything, he said he’d like to see some rides for the kids and more activities.

Jackie Garber, who’s lived in the neighborhood for the better part of 10 years, said she enjoyed having a community event within walking distance. She said she relies on the People Mover for transportation; it takes a lot of work to round up her young kids and hop on a bus to catch an event downtown.

At the street fair, Garber said, the whole family could spend a fun afternoon close to home.

StreetFair1“What I like about it is the whole community’s getting together, getting involved, getting the kids involved,” she said.

She said she’d like to see it happen more often.

Elizabeth Lincoln, who also lives in Mountain View and came to the street fair with her family, said she has one complaint.

“We come here every year and normally there’s handicap parking — this year there’s no handicap parking,” Lincoln said Saturday as she walked into the Clark parking lot with her family. “Not only do I have a fiancé who’s handicapped, I have family members who’re handicapped who aren’t attending because of it.”

Nevertheless, she said she and her fiancé came to the fair for the food and the activities and the chance to spend time in the sun with family.

“My family’s here, and you can’t have enough family time,” Lincoln said.

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