A Certain Nostalgia

A rundown of the Orange International Street Fair.


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Orange Street Fair, 1910

  Every September, the people of Orange County gather in the historic downtown district for the annual Orange International Street Fair. Since 1973, the street fair has been an annual event when the City of Orange was looking for a way to celebrate its 100th anniversary. They took inspiration from the Orange Street Fair of 1910. Now, 43 years later, it is still a strong tradition in the community.

  Banners flow between buildings with the many nations whose food are represented. Local bands play, nonprofits put up booths, and local high schools volunteer. There are also the many local merchants who sell jewelry and art, businesses and nonprofits promote themselves with booths, and everyone has fun enjoying the end-of-summer weather. It has become such a staple that you can’t think of Labor day weekend without also thinking about the street fair. The international streets hold Danish aebleskivers, Polish sausages, Mexican street tacos and more drool worthy goodies. Many of El Modena’s sports and clubs helped out this year, as they do every year. Wrestling and soccer sold beer, Key Club helped with parking, and many other sports participated. Last year, one of El Modena’s very own teachers played at the Street fair with his funk band, Grooveswitch and just this past weekend, two of Elmo’s students played on the American Stage with their band The Cuff. The street fair is definitely a sight to see every year with all the different types of food, art, and music that encompasses the area. In an already beautiful and historic area, the street fair only adds to the small town nostalgia that one gets in Old Towne Orange during the street fair.

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