Streetfest ready for 8th year

By Geoff Lee

June 22, 2017 12:00 AM

IT'S BACK! Lloydminster's annual Streetfest has proven to be a great day for families, and this year's—the eighth—will prove to be another terrific one. Attendees can expect some old favourites from last year, as well as a slew of new things to see and do. These pics from last year will give just a taste of what will occur Saturday. Clockwise from above left: The Zone, with Jesse Friesen and Chase Shorter, was just one of the many musical acts that entertained the crowd, the fellow on stilts had a bird's eye view of Streetfest, and several kids took to the streets to show off some dance moves. PAUL FORGES LLS PHOTOS

A full day of family-friendly fun right in downtown Lloyd

Think of Downtown Lloydminster Streetfest as a powerful Saturday people magnet.
It’s become a major attractive force that draws up to 6,000 a year to the downtown for what’s billed as Lloydminster’s biggest summer street festival.
“It’s just a great event,” said Tess Wack, Downtown Lloyd Streetfest coordinator.
“It’s our largest summer street festival in Lloydminster and it’s downtown which is just a great place to be, so it’s just an all round wonderful event.”
The 8th annual version goes ahead June 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. complete with an art market, a farmers market, entertainment, and oodles of kids’ activities.
Streetfest 2017 is presented by Downtown Lloydminster, Arts Without Borders and Lloydminster Outdoor Farmer’s Market.
This will be the first year for Streetfest hosted by the Downtown Lloydminster Business Improvement District (BID) with some new vendors and booths among the noticeable changes.
“There’s a few new kids’ activities that will be available and new entertainment,” said Wack
“It’s going to be fun.”
Look for some tall stilt walkers among the hordes of downtowners.
The action will take place on 50 Ave., as well as on 49 Street and 50 St.
“Everything is outdoors,” said Wack including an entertainment stage, games and bounce houses.
“We’ve got tents if it does happen to rain, but I am hoping it’s going to be nice—it’s supposed to be warm.
“Our fingers are crossed.”
Wack said typically, downtown businesses hold sidewalk sales or have booths depending on how they want to get involved.

“It’s the biggest event of the year for downtown.”
There is no shortage of goods for visitors to buy or to browse during Streetfest.
“We partner with the Lloydminster Outdoor Farmer’s Market, so there’s a farmers market on site,” said Wack.
“We also partner with the Arts Without Borders festival, so there’s an art market and there’s a food court.
The event will wrap with an outdoor street dance sponsored by The Root starting at 7:30 p.m.
Wack noted the event is organized by Downtown Lloyd BID and Arts Without Borders.
“There’s a really wonderful committee who helps us organize as well,” she said.
“It is a lot of work but it’s worth it.”

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