July 31, 2007 > Festival Frenzy Hits Fremont, California
Festival Frenzy Hits Fremont, California
A joyous street celebration embraces community spirit
Submitted By Cindy Bonior
Shortly after the sun rises over Central Fremont on Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5, streets will begin to hum with the sounds of festival frenzy as crowds gather to celebrate the 24th Fremont Festival of the Arts. Drawing nearly 400,000 festival-goers over the two-day event, the Festival of the Arts has earned the prestigious title of the largest free street-festival this side of the Mississippi.
"We are very excited and honored to be the host of the Fremont Festival of the Arts," notes Cindy Bonior, President/CEO at the Fremont Chamber of Commerce. "Each year, we work very hard to have a festival that engages, embraces and adds value to our community while providing and a fun and entertaining family event."
The 2007 Festival will feature many attractions festival-goers have come to know and love, plus a few new additions. It will continue to offer an outdoor cafe atmosphere with tables, chairs and umbrellas where festival attendees can sit and enjoy a meal while listening to performers on the main stage and at several other locations throughout the Festival.
Kid Zone, located on Liberty Street, promises to offer fun and frolic for kids of all ages. Inside Kid Zone, visitors will find exciting bounce houses, a giant slide, the Strawberry ride, the Great Crab Grab game, and a rock climbing wall. The ever popular Frog Hopper thrill ride, best described as a mini drop zone, and the dizzying Rock-N-Roll will leave festival-goers clamoring for more. On Saturday and Sunday kids will be treated to the Caterpillar Puppet Show sponsored by the City of Fremont, Environmental Services Department. The shows will take place every hour on the hour beginning at 11 a.m. with the last show at 4 p.m. Storytellers and jugglers add to the fun and excitement of Kid Zone.
The Festival will remain true to its roots by offering music filled streets with four walking miles of 700 quality artisans. Among the best in their fields, these artisans exhibit one-of-a-kind pieces not easily found elsewhere. Among the treasures found at the Festival are paintings, photographs, hand-painted clothing, stoneware, jewelry, sculptures, wind chimes, wood object, and many, many more hand crafted arts and crafts. All art objects are carefully juried and only hand-crafted items are allowed in the show. July is a great time to do your holiday shopping for unique gifts.
Firefighter Combat Challenge is another attraction enjoyed by many festival-goers. Earning the prestigious title of the toughest two minutes in sports, the Firefighter Combat Challenge is a skill test for firefighters throughout the world. Wearing full turnout gear and racing against the clock, firefighters participate in a number of tasks typically performed at the scene of a fire. It provides a prime opportunity to showcase our local firefighters and acknowledge the difficult job they have.
The Challenge has won high accolades for its fidelity to the job and for providing the public with a greater appreciation of the physical demands of firefighting. Unlike sports that exist solely for their entertainment value, the Challenge is about performing one of the most dangerous and demanding jobs safer and better. The Firefighter Combat Challenge will take place at 11 a.m. each day of the festival in the lot on State Street at Capitol Avenue.
The Fremont Festival of the Arts is located in the central Fremont area on Paseo Padre Parkway, between Walnut Avenue and Mowry Avenue, and runs from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. each day. There is no charge to attend the festival or any of the festival attractions. Several paid parking areas are nearby, and the use of public transportation such as BART is always encouraged with the Fremont BART station less than one block from the festival site. No pets please.
Fremont Festival of the Arts
Saturday & Sunday, August 4 - 5
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Paseo Padre Pkwy at Mowry Ave.