CASA GRANDE — The vendors, musicians, antique cars and tons of flavorful food options will all return to the Casa Grande Street Fair and Car Show this year along with some fun new elements.
The annual two-day festival brings tens of thousands of people to downtown Casa Grande. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 version, which would have been the 21st consecutive year of the event, was canceled.
This year’s event is set for Jan. 22 and 23 in historic downtown Casa Grande.
Revenue from the street fair provides about 20 to 40% of the annual operating budget for Casa Grande Main Street, organizer of the event.
“Not having the event in 2021 was hard for us,” said Casa Grande Main Street Director Holly Rakoci. “With the decreased revenue, we couldn’t hire the part-time staff we normally hire. We are looking forward to the street fair this year and we need the revenue.”
Dozens of artisans, crafters and merchandise and food vendors will set up for the event, offering a wide array of goods as well as food and beverages.
“We have several food vendors selling lots of cool stuff,” Rakoci said. “One of the vendors from Prescott offers traditional African appetizers. We have quite a few new vendors this year.”
Despite growing concerns about the omicron variant of COVID-19, the 2022 street fair has just as many vendors as in previous years.
“Vendors are excited to be a part of the street fair,” Rakoci said.
This year, the event will have a new layout and some new features.
The Neon Sign Park will be featured in the event and will serve as the spot for music and entertainment.
Among the entertainers set to perform during the street fair is local progressive rock band Under Gladys, winner of a battle of the bands event in Casa Grande last summer.
Under Gladys performs a mix of punk, blues, hard rock and other genres with their own unique twist.
The Feel Good Factor band, Wildman Phil and dancers with The Studio of Dance are also scheduled to perform.
A juried car and bike show is one of the key elements of the event. This year, 60 cars have been registered for the show so far and more are expected to enter before the event.
This year’s event includes a new cornhole tournament both days of the festival in the alley behind Second Street.
On Saturday, Jan. 22, the tournament will be open to all teams who wish to participate. On Sunday, Jan. 23, leagues will travel from across the state to vie against one another. About 30 leagues have registered to compete in the tournament.
Two beer gardens will be set up for the event — one near the Neon Sign Park and another near the alley, close to the cornhole tournament.
Gather DIY will be on hand at the street fair, offering attendees the chance to take part in art projects.
Vendor applications are currently being accepted for those who wish to take part in the show. Registration is open to those who wish to show a car or bike at the event.
Sponsorship spots are also available.