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College hosts street fair

Eclectic selection of vendors offer numerous crafts

Posted: November 25, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 25, 2012 2:00 a.m.

The Barefoot Blacksmith, Tyler Sloan of Agua Dulce pounds out a decorative barbecue fork at the SCV Street Fair in the College of The Canyons parking lot Saturday.

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What do alpacas, marshmallow shooters, homemade soaps, inspirational Bible photographs and fitness-emphasis hula hoops all have in common?

They could all be found at this weekend’s Santa Clarita Street Fair at College of the Canyons in Valencia.

COC is home to the street fair, which is typically held the fourth weekend of every month and offers an array of crafts and merchandise.

The assorted vendors and activities were enough to draw in a steady crowd Saturday.

Diana Palagyi said she hadn’t planned on going to the fair, but decided to stop and take a look after driving by on her way home from a doctor’s appointment.

Palagyi said she had come to the fair before, but was surprised to see how much it has grown.

Chris Morshead attended the fair with his wife, in-laws and children. A first-time attendee, Morshead said he had moved from the Santa Clarita Valley to Central California some 20 years ago and was there to visit family.

“This whole thing is great,” Morshead said. “You don’t get this same kind of community feel in the farm towns of Central California.”

The fair also brought out some local vendors. Cathe Bodie and her husband, Jim, attended to peddle some wooly wares: handmade items woven from sheared alpaca fiber.

Bodie said this is the third time she and her husband have been vendors at the street fair.

“It’s always nice to do things like this locally,” she said. “That way you build a stronger, more connected community.”

Another local vendor, Mike Calver, was also present to show off some homemade goods: marshmallow shooters made out of PVC pipe.

Calver said fairs like this one gave him a way to make some extra money, but also presented an opportunity to teach his children about entrepreneurship.

The fair continues today 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The next fair will be Dec. 15 and 16 at COC.



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