Visit Orange Lutheran on German Street August 29-31 at 2014 Orange International Street Fair
This upcoming Labor Day weekend, August 29-31, will represent the 42nd installment of the annual Orange International Street Fair (OISF), this year’s theme being ‘Destination Orange.’
OISF, which takes place at the Orange Circle, is one of the premiere events that happen in the community each year and it is based heavily in promoting diversity. This year’s edition will feature 15 streets dedicated to specific ethnicities, as well as 42 food and drink booths, operated by local non-profit organizations.
Ethnic streets will include Germany, Japan, Ireland, Holland, Denmark and America, among others.
There will be eight stages dedicated to entertainment and featuring local bands, playing popular and ethnic music. The event will also include a wealth of arts and crafts booths and a street dedicated solely to children’s activities, including games.
In addition to representing a community event, OISF serves as a fundraising opportunity for Orange Lutheran High School and several other Orange County schools.
Orange Lutheran will have a booth raising money for a variety of Lancer programs, including athletic teams and band. The Lancer booth will be located on German Street on West Chapman Avenue, and will be selling bratwurst, hot polish dogs, sauerkraut, and drinks.
Lancers’ Assistant Athletic Director Craig Teuben, who has been involved with the event for 13 years, said that aside from the money it raises for local schools and organizations, the Street Fair is also a reunion destination.
“It’s a great thing,” Teuben said of the fair. “One of the greatest things about it is the alumni support. A lot of the students that have graduated recently come back and participate and visit their old teachers. To me, that’s the biggest thing, is that everyone gets to see everyone again.
“Turnout is important,” he addd. “It wouldn’t do well if it didn’t have that great turnout, but fortunately, it does. It’s a three day weekend, people are off and want to stay in town, so it’s a great thing for the community.”
Friday, the kickoff day, the Street Fair will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the fair will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.