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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Tucson 4th Avenue Street Fair

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This weekend the City of Tucson held its annual 4th Avenue Winter Street Fair. According to those in the know around the RV park, this is one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in all of Arizona. It covers five city blocks with over 400 tents filled with artisans and crafters from all over the southwest. We decided to check it our for ourselves.

On Saturday, December 10, 2016, we started our adventure by driving over to the Mercado to catch the streetcar. To fortify ourselves for a day of browsing, we stopped at Seis Kitchen and filled up on breakfast tacos and scrambled eggs with roasted green chilis. Here is Kathy enjoying the warm of the sun in the courtyard of the Mercado as we waited for our breakfast goodies.

After filling up, we decided to walk down to Fourth Avenue. In 1983, the North Fourth Avenue Merchants Association, Inc. began holding a street fair to to benefit the Historic Fourth Avenue Business District. Each year, the proceeds from the fair go toward sidewalk maintenance, trash pick-up, planters and public art. Here is one of the many murals that line Fourth Avenue.

We spent the better part of the morning wandering up one side of Fourth Avenue and down the other.

We saw all sorts of crafty things, but we felt the doggy hats warranted special mention. What cool canine wouldn't like to style and profile in a custom made hat.

Of course, all that shopping can build up a powerful hunger. Nothing says street fair like meat on a stick.

We did take a slight detour from Fourth Avenue to stop at one of Tucson's best craft beer bars - 1702 Craft Beer and Pizza. After wetting our whistle, it was back into the fray!

Having totally exhausted ourselves, we hopped the streetcar back to the Mercado. Dave came home with a new leather wallet and Kathy brought back one-half of the world's greatest chocolate chip cookie.

(David:  "What happened to the OTHER half???")

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