Recent OC Register write-up

Recent OC Register write-up

By FERMIN LEAL / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTERThere's just five weeks left until the 2013 Orange International Street Fair.Organizers have announced that vendor booths have sold out, but some volunteer slots and sponsorships are still available.A view of the Orange International Street Fair at night. An estimated 400,000 people are expected to flood the streets of downtown Orange for the three-day event, which runs from Friday, Aug. 31 to Sunday, Sept. 2. COURTESY of ORANGE P.D.This year's theme is "Sweet on Summer," marking the 41st year of the Street Fair in downtown Orange.More than 200 vendors will set up within 15 themed areas based on cultures – sections of streets dedicated to food, beer and crafts from, for example, America, Mexico, Germany, Italy and Greece.Each year, the fair draws about 400,000 patrons to the Plaza over a three-day period the weekend of Labor Day.Adam Feliz, vice president of the nonprofit group that runs the fair, said food booths run by nonprofit organizations generate $8,000...
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Council blocks Street Fair expansion

Council blocks Street Fair expansion

Published: Feb. 19, 2013 Updated: Feb. 20, 2013 8:21 a.m. By FERMIN LEAL / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTERORANGE – A plan to expand this year's Orange International Street Fair by one block failed to win support from the City Council.Organizers of the fair, now in its 41st year, had proposed transforming the 100 block of South Olive Street into an ethnic street, with five Greek booths and a music stage. The plan would not add vendors or stages. It would just shift them into Olive Street from other locations.Organizers met with the City Council last week to pitch the plan they said would relieve overcrowding and improve pedestrian traffic flow.Adam Feliz, vice president of the nonprofit group that operates the fair, said that expected changes to fire codes in 2014 could limit the amount of people allowed within the fair. That prompted organizers to look at alternatives to expand the fair's footprint.Currently, 150 feet of Olive Street is used to hold Greek Street...
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OISF President Celebrates 10th Year

OISF President Celebrates 10th Year

Behind every successful non-profit there is always one person who must assume the lead role. The Orange International Street Fair (OISF) is no exception.By day, Mike works as a Structural Mechanic for Boeing Corporation, a position that he has held for over twenty-five years. Mike's evening and weekends are spent planning the annual OISF event.Mike became involved with the OISF over twenty years ago as a committee member. Through the years, he had various roles both on the committee and the board. When OISF's President had to resign in 1992 because of health issues, Mike was voted in as President and has been re-elected to the position ever since. Mike's keen leadership skills and vision for the Street Fair keep the committee and board members motivated as they plan the event each year. Mike is a very humble person. If you ask him why the Street Fair is so successful, he will say that it's all thanks to the volunteers...
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