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Highlights of the Fremont Fair this weekend

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Who doesn’t know that naked, painted bicycle riders take to the streets during the Fremont Fair? And who doesn’t know that the Fremont Fair is this weekend? If by chance you didn’t, you do now, and you should also know there’s much, much more to this highly popular street festival than naked bicycle riders.

Be sure to check out the Seattle Artcar Blowout in the Upper Burke Building parking lot on 35th Street. “This is 60 or more painted cars, glued/assemblage/sculpted, welded and or modified in every conceivable manner, all guaranteed to induce awe as well as laughter.” Cars drive in from all over the country to show off here.

Interested in sustainable living? The EcoZone offers “an area of destination for people seeking information and knowledge about opportunities and suggestions for sustainable living. This years participants include Ecohaus, Green Dog World, Greenwerks Technologies, Loot!, Seattle Tilth Association, Sierra Club, and Water Distillers NW.”

Fantastic music can always be expected at the Fremont Fair. Carrie Clark & The Lonesome Lovers play on the Redhook Stage on Sunday, June 21 from 1:15 to 2:00 pm. Carrie Clark has a voice that can stop you in your tracks and these musicians “twist country and folk with a dollop of cabaret singing songs of one night stands, love lust divas and dark lullabies.”

My newest musical discovery is Reyshard, a local R&B singer/songwriter who I think is poised for big things. He “blends tough love and positive social change with some hip hop storytelling for a very funky revolution” and plays on the Redhook Stage on Saturday, June 20 from 5:00 to 5:45 pm.

For pure fun, head to the Waterfront Stage on Sunday, June 21 at 6:30 pm to catch Stay Tuned for “the world’s only rock tribute to television – performing classic TV themes like you’ve never heard them before.” These guys are great entertainers.

There are hundreds of vendors, artists and crafters who are an integral part of the Fremont Fair and I’m pretty sure if it can be handmade you’ll find it here. Dave Sheely Designs makes unique resin rings and bangles I’ve never seen anywhere else and mostly want to see on my hands. My favorites are the seashell rings.

And then, of course, there’s THE Parade on Saturday, June 20 starting at 12:00 pm on the corner of North 36th and Leary Way and winding its way “through downtown Fremont to a picnic and beer garden in Gas Works Park.” Yes, yes, this is where you see the naked bicyclists.

There’s plenty of food, entertainment, activities for kids and street performers to keep anyone occupied for the entire time the festival is open, from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on Sunday.