Annual East Palestine Street Fair begins Wednesday

EAST PALESTINE — It’s that time of the year again, when the downtown turns into a carnival of sorts with the opening of the annual Street Fair.

The 132nd annual Street Fair sponsored by the East Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for May 22-25 this year and includes games, food, live musical entertainment and amusement rides from Bates Bros. Amusement Co. of Wintersville, the same company that has previously provided the midway rides.

In addition to the midway rides for children and adults like, children will also be able to enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo offered by Broken Smile Farm. The pony rides and petting zoo were first debuted at last year’s fair.

“We are hoping for good weather and a good turnout,” chamber board member Sandy Wales said.

The fair will be open from 5-10 p.m. May 22 and 23, 5-11 p.m. May 24, and 1-11 p.m. May 25.

More live music is planned for this year’s fair, with entertainment planned for all four days.

The live musical lineup consists of the East Palestine High School Band, which will perform at the opening ceremony on May 22. Music on Thursday will consist of the No Outlet band, which will take the stage at 7 p.m.

On Friday, the band Unity will perform at 6:30 p.m. and the local band Oldies on Tour will perform at 9 p.m.

Bands lined up for Saturday are Wizkey Ridge at 6:30 p.m. and Chub Scouts at 9 p.m.

In addition to providing the midway rides, Bates Bros. will also feature a variety of concessions, including Kaylee’s Cafe, elephant, and funnel cakes.

Ride tickets are $1 each and can be purchased at booths located along the midway. Four tickets are required for larger rides and three tickets for children’s rides. Unlimited ride tickets will be $12 on Wednesday and Thursday and $15 on Friday and Saturday. Unlimited rides will run from 5 p.m. to close Thursday and Friday and 1 p.m. to close on Saturday.

The chamber will again sponsor the $5,000 raffle to be pulled on Saturday evening. Tickets are being pre-sold at many local businesses. Nightly drawings will also be held for smaller amounts and other prizes throughout the fair.

Local food vendors will be Savannah’s Kitchen, Ziggy’s, Richardson’s French Fries, Shirley’s Steak, Vlaho’s Greek Gyro, JAMM Concessions, Ramsey Concessions, Sara’s BBQ, Glover Concessions, Babcia’s Lunchbox and Fat Papi’s.

Food offerings consist of pulled pork, steak hoagies, Italian sausage, classic authentic gyros, pasta dishes, pizza, corn dogs, barbecue brisket, pork and chicken, and Polish cuisine, pork tenderloin and others.

Local non-profit vendors will also be offering bingo, displays, raffles, and contests.