There’s more to our little Street Fair than chili, music, beer & good times.
What makes this whole extravaganza tick is money. That’s right, crass as it may seem, it’s money that makes the Street Fair go ‘round.
All 250 vendors (give or take a few) with their colorful booths, their sizzling grills loaded with sausages, chicken & who-knows-what-else had to fork over $365 bucks each for the privilege of putting their wares in front of the 70,000 or more jubilant fair goers.
Two of those vendor booths belong to the OBMA (Ocean Beach MainStreet Association). They hawk everything from shot glasses to T shirts and Boy! Do those T shirts sell!
But, wait! There’s more! How about some chili! How would you like to try a little of the stuff that makes this celebration so popular? It’s gonna cost you $10 bucks for a ticket to savor all 27 entries. That’s a pretty good deal but, if you’d rather pick and choose your chili it’s only going to cost you fifty cents a cup.
Now, for the good part. The Beer Gardens! This year there’s two of them and they rake in the bucks. It’s good to know that Winstons is in charge of the Beer Gardens and most of the workers are locals. It’s also good to know that Winstons forks over a healthy portion of the proceeds.
All in all, that makes for a tidy little chunk of change. You get the picture. Money flows into the OBMA’s coffers by the boatload. There’s a rumor that they need a bulldozer to move all that cash around.
So, this begs the question…. What do they do with all that loot? Buy Bentleys for all the merchants? Stash it in hundreds of coffee cans and bury it in the parking lot behind The Black? There’s an answer but, you’ll have to wait until next week for that.
Meanwhile, there are good times to be had. There is music and dancing, food and drink, shopping, strolling and the satisfaction of knowing that this is the 30th year that our eclectic cozy neighborhood invites the world to join us in celebration. Cheers!