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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Reedley Street Faire & Car Show

Reedley, as a town, grew up as a response to the need of gold miners for wheat. Soon, however, because of the land donation of Thomas Law Reed, a railroad station made the town that bears his name, a transportation hub. The railroad brought German Mennonites to work the land and agriculture diversified. Eventually, Reedley became home to diverse cultural groups who all brought their unique “flavors” to the town.

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Reedley is still celebrating transportation. For the last twenty-five years, the city of Reedley has opened its streets for a grand party where vendors and collectors can show off their wares and display their shiny automobiles. The Reedley Street Faire has developed a life of its own.

Reedley is best known for its fruit and vegetable cultivation and is referred to as "The World's Fruit Basket". Among its other annual festivals are the Reedley Electrical Christmas Parade in December, the Reedley Certified Farmers Market, and the Reedley Taste of the Town in September. Yet, it is the Reedley Street Faire and Car Show that is often mentioned by non-residents of Reedley in passing conversation. Hundreds of visitors make the drive from Fresno and surrounding cities to visit one of the premier events for lovers of old cars.

While not mentally dissecting chrome engines and elaborate decorations on automobiles, visitors can view crafts, eat delicious foods, participate in a taco-eating contest, enjoy local entertainment on it’s stages, get health and wellness information and treat their children to “kiddie rides.”

There is a raffle for a $1000 shopping spree! Tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. They can be purchased at the show or before the date with local downtown merchants.

The Reedley Downtown Association says that there is something for everyone!
Check it out Sunday, May 6, 2012, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at G Street between 9th and 11th in downtown Reedley. For more info, call 638-5484.

View pictures of last year's Street Faire in the photo gallery on the RDA website and you can find a video from last year’s show on YouTube.

Tom Sims is a local pastor, blogger, Facebook encourager, coach, writer, online facilitator, and President/CEO of 4141 Ministries in Fresno. During the week, you can often find him behind the coffee bar and talking books at Joseph's Java Junction or changing hats from one role to another. He seems to end up on CBO boards and community round tables and is sometimes seen roaming halls of hospitals as a volunteer chaplain.

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