Tisbury Throws Itself a Birthday Bash With Street Fair

Tisbury is throwing itself a birthday party and everyone is invited. The annual street fair, featuring face painting, a dunking booth, vendor displays and plenty of food, will take place tonight from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Established in 1971 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the town of Tisbury, the fair is now in its 42nd year and regularly draws a crowd of thousands.

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Tisbury Street Fair Plays Host to Crowds in Search of Fun on a Festive Midway
Joshua Sabatini

By 4:30 p.m. Sunday, the cars that usually line Main street
and Union street in Vineyard Haven were gone. One hundred and
twenty-five booths lined the two streets instead, and by 6:30 p.m.,
with the official start of the Tisbury Street Fair, waves of people
filled downtown.

Entering the street fair from any direction revealed a scene
of excitement and smiles.

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Tisbury Street Fair Draws Thousands

Tisbury Street Fair Draws Thousands

Festivities Celebrate All Things Vineyard in July Highlight


A stroller entering the 31st annual Tisbury Street Fair was
overwhelmed from every direction by the sounds of music, the wafting
scents of foods - from raw oysters to crispy fried chicken -
and the sights of wares pushed by shop owners, educational displays,
glow sticks, balloons and painted faces.

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Tisbury Throws Itself a Grand Birthday Bash: Annual Street Fair Attracts Festive Throng
Mark Alan Lovewell

Like most Island cocktail parties, the Tisbury Street Fair was slow
to start. An hour into the annual town celebration though, and it was
standing room only.

Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish rocked through the evening. Youngsters
danced in the middle of the street in front of the band. Many of the
Island's nonprofit organizations sold T-shirts, raffle tickets
and plenty of food on the sidewalks.

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Tisbury Street Fair Draws Throngs for a Rain Check

Put off a day due to the torrential rain, the town of Vineyard Haven staged its birthday celebration with the usual overabundance of food, drink and merry making that make the Tisbury Street Fair a summer tradition of the first magnitude. And the delay worked out just as well: Saturday evening the skies were blue and the sun warm, a welcome setting for the fair, now in its 34th year.

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Street Fair Dishes Up Food for All
Rachel Nava Rohr

It was a claustrophobe's nightmare and a hungry man's
dream at the 37th annual Tisbury Street Fair on Sunday night.

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Street Fair to Spark Better Kind of Sizzle on Main Street, Tisbury
Mark Alan Lovewell

A full year after the Fourth of July fire closed down Main street, Vineyard Haven, the sun, the crowds and the grand reopening of Bunch of Grapes Bookstore this weekend seemed to return a familiar summer life of leisure to the Island.

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Main Street, USA: Tisbury Street Fair Draws Colorful Crowd, Despite Delay
Liz Weiss

They mingled on car-free Main street. They munched on fried dough and cotton candy. They rummaged through clothing racks looking for bargains. They did all the lively things the sardine-like crowd traditionally does at the annual Tisbury Street Fair, even if they did it a day late. A forecast of rain led selectmen to postpone the event to one day after the town’s birthday, July 8.

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Tisbury Street Fair Celebrates a Town Birthday With Food, Music, Frolic
Remy Tumin

After a weekend long July Fourth celebration, the party continued in Vineyard Haven last Thursday night to celebrate Tisbury’s 339th birthday at the annual Tisbury street fair. It was all food, games, music and dance as families packed Main street to enjoy a night out of fun.

Gary Sylvia was standing next to Tisbury engine number 13 at the head of Main street, helping to sell T-shirts to raise money for the fire department as well as troops overseas through the Red Shirt Friday fund.

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