51st Annual Benicia Peddler’s Fair

51st Annual Benicia Peddler’s Fair

by St. Paul's, Benicia

Benicia’s downtown will be transformed into an exciting street fair when the 51st Annual Peddler’s Fair opens on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. The Fair attracts thousands of people annually to Benicia’s historic First Street, and runs until 5:00 p.m.

The Benicia Peddler’s Fair is sponsored by the St. Paul’s Historic Trust, which was organized in 1971 for the purpose of raising money to preserve the historic California landmark church. Volunteers from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Benicia will be giving tours of the church throughout the day. Commemorative glasses, etched with the church’s distinctive bell tower will be sold, along with tickets for an opportunity of drawing local, premium wines.

What: 51st Annual Benicia Peddler’s Fair
When:  Saturday, August 9th; 8:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Historic First Street
Benicia, CA 94510
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Over 300 vendors, including antiques, collectibles and fine crafts, will begin streaming into the downtown area at 2:00 a.m. Saturday to set up their booths.“It’s always fascinating to watch the deserted street fill up with booths as the sun comes up,” says current Fair Chair, Julie MacKenzie. “As the vendors arrive, their booths line First Street, from St. Paul’s, Benicia on the corner of J Street, all the way down to the waterfront.”

Once again this year, St. Paul's will be sponsoring The Great American Bake Sale, a program which addresses the needs of hungry people throughout the country. “The Bake Sale will be held at the beginning of the fair, so visitors can enjoy some gourmet baked goods as they stroll down First Street,” said MacKenzie. All proceeds will go to Share Our Strength (SOS), a program which is attacking the problem of children's hunger in the United States. Last year’s bake sale was honored by SOS as one of the most successful in the United States for 2013.

A Children's Art Activity booth will be offered at the fair from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to create art at the booth, which will be located on the 400 block of First Street. Local non-profit groups and food vendors will sell food at various booths throughout the fair. First Street restaurants will also be open for business, as well as many other shops along the street. Valero Refinery will once again provide a first-aid tent where fairgoers can rest or seek assistance.

MacKenzie also noted that 10% of the fair proceeds are donated back to the community of Benicia for various outreach programs. 

For information, please contact the fair via phone at 707-745-8680 or www.beniciapeddlersfair.org.

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