A local lively block party is in an unusual spotFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The back alleys of downtown Fargo are usually dark, quiet, and plain.
By: Becky Parker, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The back alleys of downtown Fargo are usually dark, quiet, and plain.
But an event today brightened up that space with twinkling lights, a backyard garden, and a whole lot of people.
Fargo's first Alley Fair showcased an alternative urban space.
This usually empty pavement became a lively block party as people went off-Broadway to the spaces in between those downtown buildings.
Alyssa Sauer- Moorhead Resident: "It's really cool, I like the garden theme. I've never really seen the alleys look like this."
The first ever Alley Fair transformed a drab paved alley into a garden patio featuring local artists, crafters, and musicians.
It also showcased areas of downtown that some say are under-utilized, but capable of so much more.
Joe Burgum- Organizer: "The space in downtown Fargo isn't growing, there's not going to be anymore space downtown. So, to be able to utilize these unused spaces would be good."
20-year-old Joe Burgum, son of downtown entrepreneurs Doug Burgum and Karen Stoker, says he'd like to see more activity in Fargo's alleys.
Becky Parker: "Some businesses downtown, like Mezzaluna, have storefront in the alley. But other than that, it's usually just people passing through."
Volunteers planned the entire event… none had any experience planning something this big… and they did it in just three months.
Burgum: "I've joked about it, but it is really easy to plan when you're putting on a great event."
The Alley Fair goes until seven tonight.
At 8, it turns into a beer garden with music by Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome.