“Phenomenal,” is how longtime event organizer and Ocean Beach MainStreet Association executive director Denny Knox described the annual summer event.
“The weather was just perfect – sunny but not too hot,” said Knox. “One of the busiest street fairs I can remember. We sold out the mural squares quite early. Everyone seemed so happy, and they were having so much fun.”
New this year, the Dirty Birds Wing Eating Contest, won by Anthony Vasquez, donated almost $2,200 to the beach community’s Clean & Safe Program.
Hodad’s sponsored the Hamburger Eating Contest raised money for the iconic local restaurant’s foundation. The contest winner was Jesse Heilig.
Two Roots Brewing was this year’s Street Fair sponsor. Golden State Greens was supporting sponsor. The stage at Bacon and Niagara, which was packed all day, was sponsored by Raglan.
Added Knox: “Artist Alley was teaming with people throughout the day and Artist Outpost offered lots of craft projects for children of all ages. Rock & Roll San Diego didn’t disappoint. They had musicians performing throughout the day in the center of the fair, offering music instruction at various times.”
The Chili Cook-Off winners:
Amateur division – Judges’ first place: Hangover Cure Chili Crew, Judges’ second: Jetty Chili. People's Choice first: Poopdeck Pappy's Chili, People's Choice second: Grate Full Chili, People's Choice third: Hangover Cure Chili Crew.
Restaurant division – Judges’ first: Pizza Port, Judges second: Raglan Public House. People's Choice first: Wonderland.
Special awards – Best Costumes and Booth Decoration: Ocean Dental Care, Hottest Chili Award: Team Noodle House.