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Tucson Street Fair comes to an end

Crowds take advantage of the last of the Tucson Street fair, Sun. March 23. Crowds take advantage of the last of the Tucson Street fair, Sun. March 23.
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

As crowds have finally thinned out at the Tucson Street Fair, organizers say about 300,000 people attended this weekend.

The Street Fair is a big moneymaking event for street venders, like Brian Glesser at Harmony Tie-Dyes.

"This is one of the top shows out there," Glesser said. "There's really nothing quite as spectacular as the Tucson show. There are a couple [Street Fairs] that are different, but this one is the biggest and best. It's just got something for everyone and that's really great."

Glesser says he keeps coming back to Tucson every year from California to sell handmade tie-dyed clothing. He says the gorgeous weather is what helps get so many people out and about, which is good for sales.

But the Street fair isn't just a profitable time for street venders, shop owners along 4th Avenue benefit too.

One of the shops along 4th Avenue, University Eyewear, recently opened its doors. The shop owner says the Street Fair has helped him attract new customers that he expects will come back, even after the fair has wrapped up.

Judy McKee is one of 300,000 who came to enjoy the fair this year. She thinks Tucson should keep attracting more events like this to the area.

"This is a big money maker for Tucson," McKee said. "So, they need to keep this, along with some of the other things they've lost; baseball, spring training. We need to have more things like this for Tucson."

The next Street Fair will be taking place in December. By that time, the Tucson Modern Streetcar should be up and running to help people get around.

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