Street Fair looks at record attendance, co-chairs look back at last term on Fair Board

Departing co-chairs and committee members Tom Harris and Melissa Siegel wave to the crowd from the Fulton Street Fair Grand Parade. The Street Fair is on track for a record-setting attendance, beating out the 2010 fair for all-time highest turnout.

Departing co-chairs and committee members Tom Harris and Melissa Siegel wave to the crowd from the Fulton Street Fair Grand Parade. The Street Fair is on track for a record-setting attendance, beating out the 2010 fair for all-time highest turnout. Photo by Katherine Cummins.

The dust has settled, the bricks are cleaned off, the carnival has packed up and traffic on Court Street has returned to normal; for most of Fulton, the week after the Street Fair means it’s back to the grind.

But for long-time board members and 2013 event co-chairs Tom Harris and Melissa Siegel, it means a breath of relief.

Harris and Siegel hung up their committee T-shirts after the 10th annual fair, and both looked back fondly on a great event — and according to preliminary sales information, another record-setting year.

“It’s exciting to see it happen and it’s bittersweet, but now it’s this great big exhale, and ‘wow, it’s over,’” Harris said. “Now it’s passed on to somebody else.”

Harris, and Siegel both said that results are preliminary, but beer sales suggest this year’s Street Fair had the biggest turnout yet, topping the 2010 fair.

“By Friday evening I think the people came out in droves, and Saturday was just nonstop, it was wild,” Harris said. “I wound up filling a (staffing) gap at the beer garden Saturday night, and looked at the courthouse lawn and you couldn’t see grass, it was all people.

“They really enjoyed the fireworks, it was a great show and the band finished up and it was over. It all just hummed beautifully; a great note to end on.”

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