Sunday, March 21, 2010

4th Avenue Street Fair, Tucson, AZ

Twice a year - in December and in March - the merchant association on 4th Avenue in Tucson holds a street fair. For three days, literally thousands (maybe 10s of thousands) of people descend on 4th Avenue, not far from the University of Arizona campus, to patronize more than a mile of vendors there.

The Fourth Avenue Street Fair - more than a mile of craftsmen.

The Ukulele Player - singer of 1920's rag time tunes.

Pigs Fly

Roof Line with Awnings

My take on the Street Fair? It's more like a Renaissance Fair than any Renaissance Fair I've ever been to ... and far more authentic!

Mark Twain ... with tongue firmly in cheek

"In the space of one hundred and seventy-six years the Lower Mississippi has shortened itself two hundred and forty-two miles.

"Therefore ... in the Old Oolitic Silurian Period the Lower Mississippi River was upward of one million three hundred thousand miles long... seven hundred and forty-two years from now the Lower Mississippi will be only a mile and three-quarters long... There is something fascinating about science.

"One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact."