Cakes, bounce houses and robots: Mira Mesa Street Fair returns for the 22nd year

Cakes, bounce houses and robots: Mira Mesa Street Fair returns for the 22nd year

Already large and destined for a population boom, the Mira Mesa community in north central San Diego exuded small-town charm on Saturday with the return of Mira Mesa Street Gallery.

Catherine Colella, for example, was on the receiving end of neighbor kindness when a stranger paid her 3-year-old son Charlie $10 cash to use inflatables, one of the only free features at the event.

said Colella, 24, who moved from downtown to Mira Mesa three months ago to raise her son in a suburban environment. “We didn’t know it was cash only…. Then someone else we don’t even know said, ‘It’s okay. We will pay you. Which was very nice. “

In a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the 22nd annual Relationship has closed a busy cross-section of the Camino Ruiz — between New Salem Street and Mira Mesa Street — to provide community members with what organizers describe as a much-needed return to normalcy. .

“Community is very important to any neighborhood…especially as Mira Mesa has grown to be very large. We are about 80,000 people and with the new update of the community plan, this will grow a lot,” said Barry Vaz, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mira Mesa City Council, which is organizing the event. More.” “This is the lifeblood of the community, to be able to come together and have events like a street fair that (people) can point to and say, this is something special for Mira Mesa.”

This year’s fair reminds us of past events with two performance stages, about 100 community kiosks and food vendors lining the street, and a kid-friendly area with pony rides and jumping houses. Vaz said the total crowd size for the event, which began at 10 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m., is expected to meet or exceed attendance in past years, estimated at 7,000 people.

The Mira Mesa Street Fair, which cost about $25,000, was coordinated by dozens of volunteers. The city council also relied on the Air Force ROTC at Mira Mesa High School for most of the heavy lifting day.

The event’s international food hall – with dozens of vendors cooking everything from Asian barbecue and desserts to Filipino favorites – was a hit with families looking for familiar foods or curious to sample new flavours.

The Cantonese House of Bao has attracted the largest number of crowds, with some like 8-year-old Sunshine Sageviel keen to try the milk tea.

“I’ve never tried it before,” she said while waiting in a long line with her father Ray. The couple visited the street fair by chance, and decided to check it out after the drive.

Others stopped by to get a better acquaintance with the place they call home.

said 31-year-old Avinash Naluri, who lived in Mera Mesa for seven years and brought with him – the eldest son to the street fair. “It’s a wonderful community.”

Local politicians, including outgoing District 6 Councilman Chris Kate and candidates seeking to replace him, showed up or populated booths at the street fair. However, attendees flocked more to stalls with free gifts like candy or temporary tattoos – and on the community stage, where groups like the Kaliloa O Kaleo’onalani dance studio held performances for the standing-room-only crowds.

The Marine Corps Pavilion, which houses EOD robots, has been a popular destination for families with young children.

“We let them play[with the robots],” said Sgt. Jose Antoz, EOD team leader with the 7th ESB at Camp Pendleton. “We set it up so that they can either drive (the robot) or … manipulate the arm, and (we) put the brakes on it at any time.”

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