• James Armstrong

Vive la musique! During the Hudson 2017 Street Fair


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In its more than 20-year history, Hudson’s Street Fair has had a wide variety of participants. This year, street performers will be part of the festivities.

For the first time ever, the Hudson Street Fair has a theme: Vive la musique! - A celebration of the power that music has to bring people together. That’s the message from Tourism, Culture and Communications Coordinator for the Town of Hudson, Laura McCaffrey.

The Street Fair will take place Saturday, August 5, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Music and food

“This year, we are collaborating with the Music Festival, there will be live music in front of the IGA, as well as roaming street performers, and DJs at Benson Park,” said McCaffrey. A new addition to this year’s event is a beer and food fest also located in Benson Park. The plan is to have three or four microbreweries and live food preparers located in the park as a destination point rather than spread out along the streets.

The two-day event draws over 25,000 visitors to the town and fair organizers want to provide them with the same shopping experience on both days. Participating vendors and community organizations are required to commit to both days. “We currently have about 100 vendors registered,” said McCaffrey.

Location

To facilitate the fair, road closures in the centre of Hudson will happen shortly after 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. August 5 and 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. August 6. The road closures will affect Cameron from Saint-Jean to Main Road, and Main Road from Cameron to Selkirk. The site will be available to vendors and community groups by 9 a.m.

Call for Volunteers

“We’re asking for volunteers, 18 years of age and over, who enjoy interacting with the public in both English and French to be a part of Hudson’s largest two-day event,” McCaffrey said. Volunteers will help set up the Street Fair site on Saturday and Sunday morning, welcome vendors and show them to their booth location, communicate issues to the Street Fair organizer, and help visitors with any questions they might have. There are three shifts to choose from: August 5: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., and August 6: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers must also be available for a two-hour information session from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, August 2. All volunteers will receive a ‘Hudson Volunteer’ T-shirt, ID badge, and meals will be provided. Contact Laura McCaffrey at lauram@ville.hudson.qc.ca for more information.

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