The music of Shamwari, one of Homer’s several marimba bands, entertained folks sitting in chairs or on the grass. For many years, the Faire was held in the Homer High School parking lot, it moved to a different location this year.
Craft and food booths food booths line the street. Some offer kids’ activities and others information—such as one sponsored by the Domestic Animal Protection League, a group of Kenai Peninsula citizens concerned about animal welfare.
Animal welfare is also a theme of the booth next door sponsored by Homer Animal Friends. Tables full of colorful animal toys are on sale to raise funds for spay/neuter programs and emergency treatment for wounded animals.
Savory smells of sausage and grilled onions waft down the avenue. An enticingly sweet scent comes from the Kettle Corn booth near the performance area.
On the other end of the street there is a display of hats, scarves, mittens and headbands made from soft muted colors of yarn. Their creator, Lauren Eisenaur, sits calmly at the back of the booth knitting away. She says it’s really not a chore, and even makes some of her own yarn.
The festivities continued all afternoon at the annual Street Faire. Aside from the fun and frolic, HCOA’s Gail Edgerly, says the focus is community spirit.