Organizer says fledgling Hyde Park business event drew good crowd

krodine@idahostatesman.comSeptember 19, 2013 

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Janet Sonnenberg and her grandson, Kristian Westergard, 4, listen to music Saturday during the two-day Hyde Park Curb A'Faire sponsored by the Hyde Park Merchants Alliance.

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A new Boise North End street event dubbed the Hyde Park Curb A’Faire drew about 2,000 people on its debut Saturday and Sunday, an organizer said.

Courtney Feider, who organized the event for the Hyde Park Merchants Alliance, said attendance exceeded organizers’ expectations, but then “we had no idea what to expect. We thought maybe 600.”

The merchants’ decision to schedule their two-day event the same weekend as the nearby Hyde Park Street Fair sparked complaints from the North End Neighborhood Association, which presents the long-running street fair.

Organizers from both events will get together with city and Ada County Highway District employees in early October to “try to come to a compromise” and decide whether logistically it is better to have two similarly named attractions on the same weekend or schedule them separately, Feider said.

“We’re definitely going to do it again, “ she said.

Unlike the Hyde Park Street Fair at Camel’s Back Park, Curb A’Faire had virtually no vendors and focused instead on street performers and installation artists in addition to a music stage.

Restaurants near the event site at 13th and Eastman streets reportedly saw a boost in business, she said.

Organizers received approval to close portions of Brumback, Alturas and Eastman streets but chose to leave all but a portion of Eastman open, Feider said.

“Parking went better than we expected,” she said, and “we wanted to provide more through traffic.”

“We got good feedback from patrons and performers, and the response on our Facebook page was good,” Feider said. “It was great. It was really successful.”

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