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Westfort Street Fair growing with the community (12 photos)

The 37th annual Westfort Street Fair featured new and old faces on a picture perfect Saturday
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THUNDER BAY - For 37 years, the quiet, humble community of Westfort reserves one day out of the year to show off.

"It's the only time we really let loose, if you will," said Jack Moro.

Organizer Jack Moro has been a board member of the Westfort Street Fair every year since its existence, and he says it keeps growing each year.

On Saturday there was the usual live music, bouncy castles, food, and drink vendors. Luckily, clear skies and warm weather continued all throughout the day.

As the community grows certain things are bound to change, and new people are bound to participate.

Milktease Bubble Tea, a Red River Road tea shop that has yet to open its doors, didn't even have to be based in Westfort to take part.

"We just called them," said Aaron Parrillo.

They served bubble tea to curious customers.

As for Trixx, the restaurant/cannabis lounge located on Frederica Street, their first Westfort Street Fair was a blast according to manager Tori Nicholettes. 

"As soon as we opened, the (fair board) asked if we were interested and signed us up right away," she said.

"I think it's a little twist on things. You see a lot of people see the booth and their eyes light up."

While that may not be the only thing customers are looking to light up, Nicholettes says after one summer in Westfort, they've had an extremely positive reaction from the commuity.

"Most of our regulars for breakfast and stuff like that are 60-plus. They don't smoke but they'll take a picture of the bongs to show their grandkids," she said.

"They're part of our Westfort community now," said Moro. "The powers that be say we can do these things. So, let's do it... if you want."

Also new to the fair this year is a beer gardens.

The board worked with Sleeping Giant Brewing Company to set up the gardens, with ride sharing service Uride available to get people home.

"Sometimes you catch up with somebody you haven't seen for a while, and go have a cool one," Moro said.

For those who missed the afternoon activities, an afterparty will be held at the Westfort Hotel and Bar at 6 p.m.



Michael Charlebois

About the Author: Michael Charlebois

Michael Charlebois was born and raised in Thunder Bay, where he attended St. Patrick High School and graduated in 2015. He attends Carleton University in Ottawa where he studies journalism.
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