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Published July 16, 2009, 09:12 AM

Hundreds of vendors turned away even after booth space added

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The Fargo Street Fair grows each year as word gets out of lucrative business and some of the country's nicest shoppers. There are more than 250-booths this year.

By: Kelsey Soby, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The Fargo Street Fair grows each year as word gets out of lucrative business and some of the country's nicest shoppers. There are more than 250-booths this year.

The vendor application pool has grown so much in the last few years. Organizers are now turning hundreds away, even as more booth space is created. WDAY 6 Reporter Kelsey Soby joins us live with our top story, at the Downtown Street Fair.

This is one of the lucky newbie’s who made the cut this year. These products may be soft, but getting permission to sell them at the street fair was hard and that goes for all the vendors here.

Valentina and Fernando Mosquerra were excited to bring their Florida sunshine to Fargo.

“It is so pretty and the people are very nice.”

Their metal cuts are one of a kind, but making the cut for the Fargo Street Fair took some work.

“There’s a strenuous jury process.”

Vendors submitted pictures and information on their crafts to a jury made up of local artists. That jury reviewed and scored every applicant and in the end, only let the best and most unique in.

“My goal is not to grow but to keep quality.”

The fair created 35 new spaces. Even so, nearly 300 applicants were turned down. The Mosquerra's may have had an advantage. A block away at the Silver Moon Supper Club, people have been enjoying their work for months.

“It’s very nice. Not many people can do this.”

The weather's a little chilly for some of the out-of-towners, but like the rumors told them, the sales here are hot.

On a chilly night like this, fuzzy booty's and a warm onezy is looking pretty good. Not sure if they have it in my size. If you want to checkout the unique goods here at the street fair, you can come out until 9 tonight. It's also open tomorrow from 10 to 9 and Sunday 10 to 5.

Another first timer at the 34 annual Street Fair is selling a selection of goods that may make your mouth water. But careful, those treats aren't for you. They're for the dogs.

Jill Sussman traveled all the way here from Chicago to sell these mostly handmade goods. This is the only vendor at the fair geared specifically geared toward pets. Some of the bling'd out collars are being made right in the booth.

Fair organizers were eager to get this vendor because it's so different from everything else.

“We didn't know how big it was going to be. We were kind of surprised. It's kind of like the field of dreams. You build it and they will come.”

You can find that k-9 friendly booth near 4th Avenue on Broadway.

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