Attendance was lighter than normal at the Chamber of Commerce Fall Downtown Street Faire Saturday.
“The crowd (was) a little lighter,” said Jerry Knoester, interim executive director for the chamber. “Next time I have to find out what else is going on that day and pick a date where not a lot is happening so we don’t compete with other towns.”
Despite community events in Dos Palos and Livingston, as well as functions in Los Banos, attendance was pegged in the hundreds.
Polly Lemos, who is fond of the jewelry sold at the fair, said she has attended the semiannual event since she was a child.
“It gets the local people out,” she said. “You get to walk around and visit.”
The street fair included 50 spaces occupied by vendors and local organizations. Vendors provided myriad items for sale, such as hats, sunglasses, jewelry, purses, toys and several types of food.
Vendors had a mixed reaction to Saturday’s smaller crowd.
Letty Ruiz of Madera-based Victoria’s Glam said she was just happy to be back in Los Banos and believed that the people who did attend would buy her items.
“People are so nice; I always do good here,” she said.
Xiu Smith traveled from Dublin to offer sunglasses.
“I usually do OK here, this year maybe not so much,” Smith said.
The Fall Downtown Street Faire also attracted local groups like Relay for Life, the Los Banos Tea Party and the Fire and Police departments, who were informing the public about an upcoming public safety measure.
In conjunction with the the street fair, the Los Banos Rotary Club held its semiannual pancake breakfast at the Miller & Lux Building. Profits from the meal are typically used to provide scholarships or assist community groups in need.