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Scenes From The Cole Valley Fair

Despite 90-degree temperatures, crowds flocked to yesterday's Cole Valley Fair to browse booths staffed by nearly a hundred vendors, listen to live music, celebrate the City's diverse culture, and yes, eat, drink and be merry. Although the festival was considerably more tame than the doings across town on Folsom Street, fun appeared to have been had by all.

The event had a bittersweet note: after more than 30 years serving the neighborhood, Alpha Market made its final sale yesterday afternoon. Owner Abe Saba was on hand to take photos with customers and say goodbye. But he'll still be visible around the neighborhood: he told us he expects to be back on Cole Street "drinking coffee, and checking in" at Cole Valley Pets, his other business.

Here are some snapshots from yesterday's fair:

Almost 100 vendors took part in this year's fair; local businesses remained open to take advantage of the crowds.
Alpha Market owner Abe Saba said he was glad his store's final day coincided with the neighborhood festival.
Rabbi Nosson Potash of Chabad of Cole Valley greeted visitors to his booth outside Cole Valley Pets.
District 5 Supervisor candidate Dean Preston did voter outreach at the fair.
As did his rival, incumbent Sup. London Breed:
Stilt-walkers representing Circus Center mingled with the crowd on Cole Street.
Sutro Stewards used the fair to recruit new volunteers for its habitat restoration and preservation efforts.
Several vintage autos were on display, including this Austin-Healy 3000 MK III and a 1961 Amphicar that travels by land and sea.
Students from the Fei Tian Academy of the Arts entertained the crowd with dance performances at the corner of Cole and Parnassus.

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