All systems appear to be “go” for this weekend’s big bash. With a little luck, 70,000 people will drop in for some fun in OB this weekend. The organizing committee for the 30th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook Off had their final meeting Monday evening at the Ocean Beach Main Street Association offices on Bacon Street.
Over 240 vendors will be spread out along Newport Ave, with a few spilling over onto cross streets. Over 36 artists and bands will perform on five stages scattered throughout the festival. Here’s the . You’ll be able to pick up programs for the festival (including a very handy map) at OBMA booths located along Newport Ave.
A couple of details that you need to know:
**Cars will be towed on Friday evening/Saturday morning from the Festival Area. If you need to find your car, call Western Towing @ (858) 273-8542. There are PLENTY of signs around OB warning you, so be careful!
**Lost & Found—Including Lost Kids—will be at the OBMA Booth located at Bacon & Newport. Unruly children will be given a Red Bull and a candy bar…just kidding.
** NO C-NOTES! Due to a counterfeiting ring that has been extremely active in the OB area, the OBMA is advising vendors not to accept $100 bills.
OB RAG Coverage
We’ll be giving the Street Festival and Chili Cookoff “Team Coverage” throughout this week into next. New stories will be posted daily (assuming they come in on time) and we’ll be posting lots of pictures. Here’s a list of what to expect—subject to revisions, screwups, last minute personal problems and all the other things that happen within a volunteer organization like the OBRag:
** SHOW ME THE MONEY Part One. A look at the way monies are raised for this festival.
** SHOW ME THE MONEY Part Two. After the bash, we’ll tell you where it gets spent.
** HOT STUFF! A preview of the Chili Cook Off.
** MORE HOT STUFF! Actual coverage of the Chili Cookfest, provided by the OB Rag correspondent deemed to have the strongest stomach.
** ROCK N’ ROLL DIGEST. Ongoing coverage of as many musical acts as we can fit in before the beer takes over.
** RIDING THE TROLLEY. Things you should know, plus views and interviews posted from the comings and goings of the crowds during the day.
** ARTISTS ALLEY. We’ll be posting stories about the festival within the festival that usually gets ignored by other media. Included will be coverage from Haley, our “Youth Correspondent”.
** ARE WE HAVING FUN YET? We’ll have coverage of the goings on in Vendorland, in businesses along the street and all the sideshows that are such a big part of the Street Fair.
** IS IT OVER YET? I’ll be hanging with the volunteers and committee members throughout the day, reporting on the trials and triumphs of what it takes—behind the scenes—to have 70,000 of your closest friends over for a little party.
For more information about the festival, visit the official web site here.