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Hyde Park street fair boosts local business

Hyde Park street fair boosts local business
BOISE, Idaho - While the economy is not so hot, local businesses at Hyde Park are on fire.

"It's been phenomenal," said Yvonne Anderson-Thomas with Brown Sugga Soul Food.

The new business and vendor to this year's street fair, Brown Sugga Soul Food was sold out of turkey legs by mid day and here's why.

"Turkey leg, it's excellent. Really excellent," said Paul Kramer all the way from the Netherlands.

"Awesome," said his granddaughter Yasmin Kramer

Not only are the turkey legs excellent, but the exposure is priceless.

"The people are coming and getting a taste of what we have then we're giving them lots of cards and brochures to let them know where we're located," said Anderson-Thomas.

While local businesses are reaping the benefits, so were the thousands of visitors

"It's a great atmosphere. People are having fun. Great food, cute dogs, cute kids and people dancing," said Tara Whitaker, fair goer and Boise resident.

Event organizer Jim Teeter said the street fair is all about keeping it local.

"We really try to focus on Idaho artists both in the music and our craft vendors, but also you have a big selection of non-profits because we believe that our community is made of people who do good too, so this is a forum for all of that," said Teeter.

He said he couldn't be more pleased as each year the festival keeps growing and gaining in popularity.