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Published June 02, 2012, 09:58 AM

Familiar Faces at Detroit Lakes Street Faire

Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) - Fair-goers in Detroit Lakes couldn't have drawn up a better day, as people swarmed the streets to check out all of the crafty items this year.

Fair-goers in Detroit Lakes couldn't have drawn up a better day, as people swarmed the streets to check out all of the crafty items this year. The Street Faire is now in its 12th year.

Ralph Fiskness and his wife Jewel have been coming to this fair since day one. They have even sold their carved name signs in the exact same spot for all 12 years.

Ralph Fiskness - Moorhead: “This is a good show, and if we can maintain the sales of last year at the show we go home with a bug grin on our face.”

This street fair kicks off the traveling fair season for the two. They will check out 19 other shows.

Ralph Fiskness - Moorhead: “We used to do 30, but we are getting older, we are rolling back.”

This retired Moorhead school teacher's passion for wood carving started back when he was just a boy at a Minnesota State Fair he saw a man doing the same thing, and knew he had to do it.

Ralph Fiskness - Moorhead: “In my mid-20's i bought a router and tried playing with it, and it just evolved into a really what is kind of a full time business, for half of the year.”

And now he can have a full customized wood carving for you in less than 20 minutes.

While some vendors make this a yearly tradition, others are adding it to their list of stops for the first time.

David Demattia – St. Croix Falls, WI: “Broadening my show, I started traveling more again, and we saw it in the art fairs book, and looked like a good show so we gave it a try.”

David Demattia came all the way from St Croix Falls Wisconsin to sell his metal yard art. He prides himself on making different things like these dragonflies, and even skull and cross bones.

David Demattia – St. Croix Falls, WI: “My tag line is strange sculpture and other odd things, so I try and maintain that.”

While Demattia hopes to make his four hour trip worth it, Fiskness will be back next year carving out more family memories for years to come.

One vendor changes her products every year, just to keep things interesting.

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