Grand Summer Festival an annual sign of season’s end

SAN MARCOS — The parasol made a comeback Aug. 31 out on the streets of San Marcos during the city’s annual Grand Summer Festival. Despite the heat, a massive crowd gathered along the length of Via Vera Cruz, some protected by gauzy umbrellas they toted around. Temperatures were in the upper 80s for most of the festival’s hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Children seemed to be unfazed by the heat, running around the long lines of people waiting to get delicious fair-style eats at the dozens of food vendors. A wide array of cuisine was available, from Brazilian barbecue and kettle corn to snow cones and ice cream.
As adults sweated it out in line for their food, children could entertain themselves on the rides set up at the far ends of the festival. The biggest ride was Tilt-A-Whirl, situated right on the edge of where Via Vera Cruz meets San Marcos Boulevard, so that passersby in their cars got a full view of the fun to be had.
Booths were varied, and included one with Mexican-themed trinkets complete with a wide range of luchador masks that had “SD” for San Diego branded on the front. Local artists and artisans, services like massage and water delivery and tutoring services all had displays.
Steve Omar from So-Cal Chimneys stood out from the crowd of vendors. He was dressed up in top hat and vest, along with an old-fashioned chimney broom sweep.
Some booths were there on the behalf of a charity organization, like Team Pink W.A.V.E.S., who sold decorative products for breast cancer awareness and fundraising.
Despite the record temperatures and lure of home air conditioning, fresh fair food and entertainment for the kids drew quite a crowd on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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