The Community Came Out for the Granada Hills Street Faire

by Andrew Hernandez (News Editor) – 11/4/15

Faire Attendee paints a truck provided by Galpin Ford
Faire Attendee paints a truck provided by Galpin Ford

Residents and visitors of all kinds came out to the Granada Hills Street Faire and Custom & Classic Car Show to enjoy a day of live entertainment, food, and fun.

The event sponsored by the Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce, was organized by the Street Faire Committee. Cars from all decades, community vendors, stages, and food vendors took up four city blocks on Chatsworth between Encino and Zelzah. The heat failed to deter people from enjoying the atmosphere and Street Faire Co-chairman, Mike Kabo, was pleased with the turnout of the event.

“Our goal with the Street Faire has always been to just be a big block party and with the turnout we’ve gotten over the past couple of years we know it appeals to everyone,” Kabo said marveling at the event. “We’ve met all of our expectations,” Kabo added.

Planning of the Street Faire began in early 2015 and required a great amount of work from the Street Faire Committee and the Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce. “Lots of paperwork, phone calls, and man hours went to making the Street Faire happen successfully,” intern at the Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce Caleb Shongwe remarked. Everyone at the Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce worked to organize the event and required to be tended to throughout the summer. Granada Hills Board member Jerry Askew explained, “We’ve done a fantastic job, and it’s great to see it come together so people can have fun today.”

Food, commercial, and craft vendors lined the street, but vendors with a noble cause were among the crowd. The American Cancer Society (ACS) took donations and educated the public on sun safety. The ACS also promoted the Granada Hills Relay for Life 2016, an event that has united communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all.

Community manager Amanda Eglseder said, “This is my first time at the Street Faire, but it’s been a good experience so far. We’ve had people sign up to be volunteers for the Relay for Life, and it’s really great to see the community come out and support such a great cause.”

The Granada Hills Street Faire has gone on it’s 2nd consecutive year since 2010 and is a great event that brings the community together in a unique way.