The DC “State” Fair

Pies, politics and baby strollers met at the intersection of 11th and Kenyon Streets Saturday to celebrate the bustling Columbia Heights community at the second annual Columbia Heights Day fair. 

On the turf at Harriet Tubman Elementary School, beneath white-topped tents and a clear August sky, visitors perused dozens of display tables as representatives from local businesses, nonprofit initiatives, political campaigns, and even the DC Roller Girls shared their wares. 

Throughout the day, a main stage featured local music acts, while buskers speckled the scene, some juggling baseball bats and bowling balls.  Lines for Rita’s ice custard and curb-side food vendors circled the block; judges deliberated over the fair’s official baking contest submissions, held in dangerous proximity to the Sticky Fingers cupcake-eating competition; and kids eagerly waited to pet the baby rabbits and goats at the petting zoo.  Despite all the excitement, though, one show-stopper managed to stand out: Aladdin, the camel, who seemed right at home in DC’s summer heat. 

*Jordana Merran contributed this post.

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