Chilly weather and a morning drizzle didn’t keep people from enjoying the Autumn Street Fair in downtown McMinnville on Saturday.
Leadership McMinnville’s silver class celebrated 25 years as an organization by assembling over 260 booths of artisans, crafts people and food vendors along Main Street and Court Square.
Jewelry vendor Stephanie Hillis Dunlap was not going to let the rain dampen her hopes for a wonderful turnout. “The sun is going to come out at lunch and brighten everything up,” she predicted. “We are putting positive energy out there.”
The rain did disappear, leaving only a cool nip in the air as visitors pushed their way through packed downtown streets to make their purchases to the background of live music.
Becky Chandanis traveled from Beech Grove to sell cute accessories at her booth titled “It’s a Girl Thing.”
“I has signed up to be here last year but my appendix burst three days before the street fair,” Chandanis said. “I was in the hospital this time last year. I’m just excited to be here.”
Boyd Christian School’s booth was a popular one as its PTO was handing out free hot coffee to cold street fair attendees.
Little 10-month-old Addison Hope Fann stayed warm and toasty as she was bundled up in several blankets. She was also sporting a new Hello Kitty crocheted toboggan which was purchased from a local vendor.
In addition to vendors and live musical entertainment, there was plenty of food and sweet treats. There was a dunking booth but no one was brave enough to climb atop the seat in 50-degree weather. Kids still took turns throwing softballs at the target, even with no one to dunk.
Leadership McMinnville member Sally Pack stayed positive despite the cold, dreary start.
“The rain is going to stop and lots of people are going to come out. We are going to have a great day,” she said.
Turns out, she was right.