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Fourth Avenue Street Fair begins, with some changes

Krystin Sorich, Rikki Mitchell

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Fourth Avenue Street Fair begins, with some changes

By Krystin Sorich, Rikki Mitchell . CREATED Mar 21, 2014 - UPDATED: Mar 21, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - On the second official day of Spring, visitors young and old enjoyed the first day of the Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair.

"Where else can you wander and enjoy an IPA on the street?" said Mark Spence, visiting the street fair for the first time.

The Winter and Spring Street Fair has been a Tucson tradition for more than 40 years. Tucson's Fourth Avenue Street Fair kicked off Friday at 10 a.m. and wraps up Sunday at 6 p.m.

There are more than 400 vendors from across the country at the event selling a variety of unique goods.
 
It's one of the largest and most impressive arts and craft fairs in the state and brings in thousands of dollars for the Fourth Avenue Merchant Association.
 
And our southern Arizona weather was especially appreciated by a snowbird like Stephanie Spence.
 
"Michigan has been horrible and we are so grateful to be out here this winter," she said.
 
Organizers had to change the layout of this year's fair because of the modern streetcar. Vendors now occupy a good portion of Seventh Street.
 
The new layout also meant getting rid of one of the stages.
 
Michael Kraych owns Celestial Rites and says each street fair usually accounts for about three-months pay.
 
"I think that the lack of a stage being over here on Seventh Street kind of affects it a little bit," he said. "But they moved the stage down a little bit so that's alright."
 
Officials say this years event is expected to bring in more than 300,000 people over the weekend.
 
There are plenty of things to do, with live music, street performers, face painting, delicious food and unlimited shopping.
 
Parking is available at many garages downtown, the University of Arizona area and all around Fourth Avenue.