Twice a year the main street of Yellow Springs is closed off for a tremendous street fair with artists, crafters, food vendors, and great entertainment. Last Saturday, June 9, 2012 was the first of this year’s street fairs.
There were more than 200 booths of arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, fair trade items, unique gifts, massages and more; cuisine was international, from Vietnamese kabobs to Mexican empanadas to Thai wraps and gyro rolls.
The street fair also had entertainment all day long, including a multitude of street performers, musicians at the Jackson Lytle & Lewis Stage and music at the Beer Garden from noon until 7.
Two organizations of note that were present at the street fair were The Tenth Life and the Military Working Dogs cooling vest project.
The Tenth Life is a no-kill cat rescue located in Dayton; in operation since 1984, they have rescued thousands of cats, most of which can be adopted out after proper medical care. The Tenth Life has their own health care facility, with a surgical suite, surgical laser, x-ray, laboratory, ultrasound and fulltime veterinarian.
Thousands of abandoned, homeless cats have found loving homes as a result of coming to The Tenth Life for shelter, love, medical attention, and a tenth life. Their booth at the Street Fair allows them to educate the public and raise some funds with the sales of handmade and other items.
The Military Working Dogs Cooling Vest Project volunteers were on hand to promote awareness of their mission, which is to provide protective and other necessary gear to help military working dogs. Working in active war zones and extreme conditions, these dogs are protecting and serving our soldiers. A display with a dog manikin illustrated the protective gear that the project aims to provide, and tee shirts were available for a donation – proceeds go to support the project.
Mercy for Animals was also present at the street fair, handing out information about their cause and answering questions. MFA is a national non-profit organization which is dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals as well as promoting compassionate food choices and policies.
The date for the next street fair om 2012 is the second Saturday in October.
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