Superior Street Showcases Local Businesses at Annual Sidewalk Days

Taylor Holt
July 12, 2017 09:56 PM

The weather may have been a bit gloomy Wednesday but that put no damper on this year's Sidewalk Days. 

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"It might not be the greatest day weather wise for us, but this is just an opportunity to enjoy the downtown maybe see some of the businesses you haven't seen in a while or experience some new ones," said Kristi Stokes with the Greater Downtown Council.

Whether it was to shop, get a bite to eat or just enjoy the community, Superior Street became a museum for hundreds showcasing what the popular strip has to offer. 

"It's fun to walk around, see people, and check out the different shops," said Mark Oberg, who traveled with his family from Colorado for the fest. "Mostly we've been hanging around this little kids "play area" because he (my son) seems much more excited playing with street chalk."  

The Children's Museum Discovery Zone is among some of the new things being offered. That along with more than 80 vendors this year.

"It's really about that experience and being able to have a great time in the downtown," said Stokes.

There was even a new way to win prizes this year, all you have to do is take a selfie, share that on social media with the Greater Downtown Council with the hashtag get downtown Duluth and just like that your entered to win from more than 30 prizes.

It's also a first for Duluth native Troy Fralich and his BBQ catering company, Tig's Smokin Pig BBQ. They sell homemade pulled pork, smoked beans, chicken and smoked sausages

"It's going really well," said Fralich. "People are stopping because they can smell the seasonings and the meats cooking," he added.

Fralich says it's a first but likely not a last.

"It's been fantastic," Fralich said.

Also, Wednesday night was the Kolar Chevrolet Buick GMC Classic Car Show. That went from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For those traveling by car, there will some detours because of the closures. DTA bus will detour to Michigan and First streets for the next few days of the festival that goes until Saturday.


Taylor Holt

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