Street fair debut a success

The Martin St. Street Fair made an imressive debut on Friday and Saturday with live performances, food, street booths featuring local businesses and organizations, kid’s activities and much more.

Sponsored by the Davis Health System Foundation, the fair featured several different vendors displaying woodworking, candle-making, food and refreshments. Cookie Lee Jewelry had a booth showcasing a sample of its inventory and Riverside School had a display about its long and storied history of African-American culture in the area. Hospice Care had a free lemonade stand and Operation Christmas Child had goody-bags for children.

The organization “Change the Future West Virginia,” whose goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle and develop a community of inclusion, was also at the fair and represents the type of cause that the Davis Health System Foundation is trying to promote.

“We are partnering with local grocery stores to try and increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables,” said Jeremy Wanless, the program coordinator for Change the Future West Virginia.

Live performances included Lone Wolf Studio Cavalcade of Stars, Aurora Celtic, Good Vittles & Co., Bowyer Drive, Osmosis and by Ron Shaffer. Bob Dunkerly, who helped coordinate the performances for the fair, called the event an overall success, despite some unruly weather Friday night.

“This event is the result of the efforts of a lot of people,” said Dan Bucher, the special projects coordinator for the Martin St. Street Fair. “This is our first year and we found this to be an ideal setting. The city has been very helpful and cooperative. We hope to continue this event in the future.”