The annual June street fair took place today in downtown Yellow Springs. Once again, groups advocating improved conditions for animals we on hand to provide education for the public and advocacy for animals. The street entertainers were the best yet, and there were many, many wonderful artisans and vendors on hand as always.
Mercy for Animals was on hand, presenting free brochures with information about their organization and ways to help people make compassionate food choices. MFA volunteers were happy to answer questions and provide suggestions on ways to easily transition to kinder meal alternatives
The Tenth Life is a no-kill cat rescue located in Dayton. In operation since 1984, the organization has rescued thousands of cats, most of which can be adopted out after proper medical care. The Tenth Life has their own health care facility, with a surgical suite, surgical laser, x-ray, laboratory, ultrasound and full time veterinarian. Their booth at the street fair allows them to educate the public and raise some funds through the sales of their merchandise, including pet toys, books, and apparel.
The Military Working Dogs Cooling Vest Project volunteers were on hand promoting awareness of their mission, which is to provide protective and other gear to help our military working dogs. These dogs work in active war zones and extreme conditions and protect and serve our soldiers. A display with a dog manikin illustrated the protective gear that the project aims to provide, and tee shirts were available for a donation, with proceeds going to support the project.
Bow Wow Bandanas brought along a very large assortment of their unique, high quality bandanas. Bow Wow Bandanas has reasonably priced bandanas for every occasion your dog – or well-dressed cat – might enjoy!
Among the new vendors to the street fair is What the Rock?! a Columbus-based shop with up-cycled jewelry, fun kitchen and other items, and fun novelty gifts. The jewelry is handmade by Heather Ziegler and the fun household items include ice cube molds in the shape of iceburgs and luxury liners (for your Gin and Titonics), heavy metal veggie peelers, mustache cookie cutters and more!
Entertainment was non-stop, and one of the happiest and most beloved entertainers is Charlie Fenimore, whose music is so soothing in the midst of the hubbub of the street fair. Charlie, born with Down’s Syndrome, also soothes the spirit with words of inspiration that he hears in his heart and dictates to his mom, Jannirose.
Delicious food abounded, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free offerings.
If you missed the June street fair in Yellow Springs, you can mark your calendar for the second Saturday in October, when the fall street fair takes place!
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New Richmond Alpaca Farm
These darling alpacas charmed the throngs at the Yellow Springs street fair on Saturday. The little brown one is only 4 weeks old! These lovely alpacas are courtesy of the New Richmond Alpaca Farm.
Mercy for Animals at the 2013 street fair
Focusing primarily on advocacy on behalf of farmed animals, Mercy For Animals runs a number of campaigns to educate the public on animal protection issues and to encourage them to adopt a vegan diet
Yellow Springs Street Fair 2013
Vendors, entertainment, food – over 200 vendors were present at the 2013 street fair. Entertainers performed all day, and a good time was had by all.
What the Rock?!
What the Rock?! is a shop out of Columbus, Ohio, and they brought along a great selection of jewelry, all hand made by Heather Ziegler. A variety of fun household and other items were available as well.
What the Rock?! items
How funny is this? Even peeling potatoes will be a hoot with a peeler like this from What the Rock?! Clever ice cube molds and many other fun items were available as well.
Charlie’s messages have touched so many hearts, that they are now available in book form. ‘Happy in Soul: A Very Special Prayer for Peace’ is a companion book to ‘Loving Outside the Lines’. Both books illustrate Charlile’s loving perspectives on what is truly important in life.
Possum trash can in Yellow Springs
This work of art is actually a trash can! These clever possums – including one with babies – adorn a trash can on the main street in Yellow Springs, Ohio!
Bow Wow Bandanas
All of the Bow Wow Bandanas are handmade from 100% pre-washed cotton. Small bandanas are also suitable for well-dressed cats.
Even better, a portion of the proceeds help feed and house homeless animals in local shelters and rescues in Ohio.
La Pampa Grill
Of the non-vegetarian variety of foods, La Pampa grill was on hand whipping up sausage sandwiches with chimichurri sauce. The sausage came from a local farm who treats their pigs kindly during their lifetime, and Mariano was grilling it over hardwood charcoal, using no chemical propellants. The sausage was served on crusty bread from Dan the baker.
Tony Steinbach performed for the crowds at street fair! A combination of amazing juggling skills and amusing banter, he was quite the crowd-pleaser at this year’s Yellow Springs street fair.
Harvest Moon treats
Harvest Moon vegan bakery was on hand with so many delicious treats, including Lemon Drop Cookies, Oatmeal Cream Pies, Grandmas Secret Raisin Cookies, Lemon Lavender Twinkys, Chocolate PB Twinkys, Vanilla Raspberry Twinkys, The YSB Twinkys, GF No Bake Bars and GF Oatmeal Cream Pies!
Gladys would take it as a personal favor if you would send a small donation to The Tenth Life cat rescue. Gladys is a permanent resident of The Tenth Life, and as you can see, she is a very loving, sweet kitty.
Military Working Dogs cooling vest project
The Military Working Dogs Cooling Vest Project aims to provide the dogs that serve and protect our military soldiers with the gear that they, the dogs, need in order to do their job safely and comfortably.
Fent’s root beer and cream soda
Fent’s is a wonderful root beer, so delicious that even those who do not care for root beer will be impressed. A sweet soda with a nice caramel flavor, it was an extremely refreshing beverage at the Yellow Springs street fair.
The Tenth Life at the 2013 street fair
Thousands of abandoned, homeless cats have found loving homes as a result of coming to The Tenth Life for shelter, love, medical attention, and a tenth life. Their booth at the Street Fair allows them to educate the public and raise some funds with the sales of handmade and other items.