Another Year, Another Street Fair

May 17, 2010

This is the third year we’ve brought the kids to the University District Street Fair. It’s turned into a nice little tradition.

Face Paint

Street fairs bring comfortable predictability. You know you’ll get to eat fried food. You’ll walk past countless booths selling pottery and paintings. This being Seattle, you’ll see petitioners gathering signatures to legalize marijuana.

What I didn’t realize until this year, though, is the University District Street Fair is not just predictable, it’s actually identical year after year. The same street performers were at the same bus stop. The same photographer sold the same triptychs of mountain wildflowers. There were the same people making balloon animals. It’s Groundhog Day in May.

En Garde!

Feed the Frog

We did encounter one new gem, though: A jump rope performance by Ropeworks. I didn’t know you could make a “performance” out of jumping rope, any more than you could make a performance of squat thrusts. It’s just something from gym class, right?

Well, just check out the video.


That’s one thing I’d be happy to watch again, year after year.