Street fair snapshots: Images from Encinitas’ annual spring event

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  • Genevieve Ruddock applies face paint called Gopi Dots during The Encinitas Street Fair on April 30. She recently returned from an eight-month India trip teaching children art. Since she started traveling extensively to India, she has completed various art projects with the children from tie-dye to mural painting. (Photo by Cam Buker)

  • Spencer Howe and Natalie Boudin make a “hang loose” sign with their hands as they spin on the ride “Round Up” at The Encinitas Street Fair on April 30. The ride is roughly three minutes in duration and moves rapidly at high speed. (Photo by Cam Buker)

  • Greg Gutierrez looks over the details of his artwork on display at The Encinitas Street Fair held on April 29. Greg is a local artist based out of Carlsbad who has been selling his art for the past 27 years. This is his first year displaying his work at the fair. (Photo by Cam Buker)

  • Brandon Hull works on a commisioned sign during The Encinitas Street Fair on April 29. Hull is the head sign carver of Main Gate Sign Shop based out of Anaheim. The custom signs can be made in minutes depending on the detail that is involved. (Photo by Cam Buker)

  • Blue Murphy chats with potential customers at his longboard booth during the Encinitas Street Fair on April 29. Mr. Murphy has been building and shaping skateboards for the past 15 years and goes to swap meets to purchase vintage car ornaments to install on select skateboards. (Photo by Cam Buker)

  • Encinitas Street Fair visitors walk down Coast Highway 101 on April 29. The two-day fair draws a crowd exceeding 100,000. The street is filled with apparel companies, food vendors, rides and music. (Photo by Cam Buker)

  • Jeremy Guerrero receives a haircut from Leucadia Barber Shoppe’s barber Juan Zerermno during the Encinitas Street Fair on April 30. This is the second year in a row the barbers have been cutting hair at the fair. Leucadia Barber Shoppe has been a family business for the past 22 years. (Photo by Cam Buker)

  • Mark Lemire relaxes in one of his handmade Aloft Chairs during he Encinitas Street Fair on April 29. Lemire has been a vendor for the past three years and credits the fair to of helped him gain a local following. One of Lemire’s clients is the Padres and his chairs can be found at Petco Park. (Photo by Cam Buker)

  • Ralph Longshore, also known by his stage name “Man In White,” leaves the Encinitas Street Fair on April 30. According to Longshore, he was intimidated by five law enforcement officers to stop his kid-friendly performance. “They (law enforcement) violated my First and 14th Amendment and I would have stayed and kept performing, but I have a family. I can’t afford to be in jail — so I packed up and left.” The “Man In White” performer is staying here in San Diego for the summer with hopes of having paid performances in the upcoming months. (Photo by Cam Buker)

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Cam Buker

The Encinitas Street Fair returned to Coast Highway 101 April 29 and 30. The fair ran the length of the thoroughfare from D to J Streets. There was international food, live music, rides for children and a beer garden. More than 400 vendors were in attendance, with an emphasis on arts, antiques and handmade crafts. Ongoing since 1983, the two-day fair in the spring draws crowds exceeding 100,000. “The fair is a great way to bring everyone into the heart of downtown Encinitas,” said Irene Pyun, events and programs director for the Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association, which organized the event.

— Photos by Cam Buker