By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
WYANDOTTE – A staple of Downriver summer celebrations, the annual Wyandotte Street Art Fair displays the work of talented artists along Biddle Avenue in a relaxed atmosphere, with food, fun activities and more.
With more than 250 booths, arts and crafts of every type are on display for four days, July 12 to 15, highlighting paintings, photos, sculpture and jewelry, as well as fiber and metal work, mixed media and unique crafts.
The art fair is spread out along four blocks of Biddle Avenue from Oak Street to Eureka Road, with an off-shoot onto Elm Street for local non-profit groups, and with an area for crafters in the alley west of Biddle between Oak and Maple streets.
Five lemonade stands, spread throughout the fair, are manned by local non-profits, offering the groups a valuable fund-raising opportunity.
More than 20 food vendors offer everything from snow cones to cinnamon nuts, with Polish dishes a sought-after specialty. Greek food, butterfly chips, frozen dipped bananas and elephant ears are just a sampling of the many treats designed to enhance the art fair palette.
The fair area falls within the city’s social district, so open container alcohol is allowed in designated areas to quench the thirst of adult attendees.
The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. Admission is free. Some parking lots are available on a fee basis to offer a fundraising opportunity for local non-profits. A $5 shuttle runs from parking at Roosevelt High School, 540 Eureka at Fifth Street, to the fair at Eureka and Biddle.
For updates and additional information, go to the city’s website, Wyandotte.net.