Tucson, prepare to meet yourself this weekend
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Come Friday, a simple red booth in El Presidio Park will hold the sights and smells of Sweden.
"We have the most delicious apple cake and rice pudding and meatballs that you'll find around," says Marta Mercer, a member of the Swedish Vasa Lodge.
The lodge has been serving up those meatballs for more than 30 years at Tucson Meet Yourself. And you can bet you'll find plenty of delicious food and smiling faces at this booth.
Seven-year-old Fendi Lucia Lofgren got to help make the rice pudding for the booth.
"I got to wash dishes and help deliver it to the refrigerator," she said.
And this booth is just one of 55 different options you'll have this weekend at Tucson Meet Yourself.
The three-day festival is celebrating its 40th year, with more booths and more food than ever before.
"This is the 40th year and we're doing it really really big down here," says Daniel Benavidez with Tucson Meet Yourself.
New this year is American traditions, so you better believe there will be plenty of hot dogs, hamburgers and BBQ for you to enjoy.
"It's the only time in Tucson where we bring the whole community together and celebrate itself," said Benavidez.
While the food is enticing on its own don't forget about the art and culture.
"It's not just about the food," says Benavidez. "It's about coming out and enjoying the cultures that make up our community."
Tucson Meet Yourself starts Friday and will go through Sunday. Hours for the festival are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Locations for the festival will be El Presidio Park, Jacome Plaza (near the main library), Pennington Street and the Pima County Government Building.
Visit the Tucson Meet Yourself website for more information.
Church Avenue from Alameda Street to Congress Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic starting at 6 p.m. Thursday until Midnight on Sunday.
Sun Tran will operate its regularly scheduled service to downtown this weekend, as an option for anyone who wants to go to the festival.
The following Sun Tran routes serve the downtown area:
- Route 1 - Glenn/Swan
- Route 2 - Pueblo Gardens
- Route 3 - 6th Street/Wilmot
- Route 4 - Speedway
- Route 6 - South Park Avenue/North 1st Avenue
- Route 7 - 22nd Street
- Route 8 - Broadway/South 6th Avenue
- Route 9 - Grant
- Route 10 - Flowing Wells
- Route 16 - 12th Avenue/Oracle
- Route 19 - Stone
- Route 21 - West Congress/Silverbell
- Route 22 - Grande
- Route 23 - Mission
The cost to ride Sun Tran is $1.50 one-way for full fare riders, 50 cents one-way for seniors 65 years and older, Medicare cardholders, disabled persons and low-income individuals with a SunGO ID and Card.
Children 5-years-old and younger can ride for free with a paying passenger.