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There’s No Telling What You’ll Find At Tomorrow’s Texas Avenue Makers Fair

Texas Avenue Makers Fair
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Wood-carved musical instruments, a saw you can plug into an amp, and Zombie Candles…the Texas Avenue Makers Fair runs the gamut on the unusual.  And the 2013 Spring edition is going on tomorrow in downtown Shreveport.

Chris Jay with the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau tells KEEL News this fair has grown exponentially over the years. “This year, you’ve got 168 vendors. They sold out in six days, and they have a waiting list of over 100 vendors,” Jay says. “It’s incredible how quickly it established a reputation for being something that’s just completely unlike any other event in town.”

Jay says as for the entertainment, it’s a little bit of Austin come to Shreveport. “In past years, I’ve seen a Michael Jackson impersonator, a guy just wandering through the audience playing a keytar, wearing a space man costume,” he says. “Austin says they like to keep it weird. The Texas Avenue Makers Fair definitely keeps it weird.”

You won’t go hungry, either. New for the spring fair is a food truck court, located adjacent to the main vendor area. Participating trucks include Some Like It Hot, River City Seafood and JEMS Italian Ice. The fair runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. tomorrow.

This edition of the TAMF also coincides with the ASEANA Spring Arts Festival, going on in the Asian Gardens at the corner of Milam and Texas. That starts at noon, and this year celebrates the cuisine, music and dance of India. Both festivals are free to attend, but Jay says you’ll certainly want to bring some cash…because you’re sure to find an interesting craft or piece of art you’ll want to take home with you.

Listen to our full interview with Chris Jay here:


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