This year's Historic Dublin Street Bazaar will be twice as big as last year's event.

This year's Historic Dublin Street Bazaar will be twice as big as last year's event.

The free event, hosted by the Historic Dublin Business Association and organized by Chelsea Borough Home, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, along High Street in Historic Dublin.

Historic Dublin Business Association Vice President and Chelsea Borough Home co-owner Christina Wentz said 12 food trucks and 85 vendors will be on site.

Last year's event featured five food trucks and 35 vendors.

The additional vendors mean a wider range of products and more local artists, Wentz said.

"We have a good representation from the Dublin Area Art League, which we didn't have last year," she said.

Wentz said inspiration for the event came from trying to build upon the local business support fostered by the Dublin Arts Festival, which used to be held in Historic Dublin.

Wentz said business association members told her that they had record sales in their stores and restaurants during last year's bazaar.

That first year, Wentz said, organizers anticipated as many as 500 people showing up. About 2,000 attended, making it the largest event sponsored by the business association, Wentz said.

This year she's expecting 3,000 people will attend.

The event would be moved to Sunday, Sept. 4 if there is severe weather Saturday. A notice would be posted on the business association's home page, Wentz said.

Parking is available at Indian Run Elementary School and Sells Middle School. A free bike check is also available at Chelsea Borough Home, 54 S. High St.

Entertainment on the main stage includes John Sherman, David Rice and Mad Maudlin.

The Irish Alley will include crafts for children along with performances by the Shamrock Club Pipes and Drums, among other Irish-inspired performers.

Entertainment is funded with a $4,000 Irish Experience Grant, said Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Scott Dring.

This is the first year the bazaar received a grant from the program, which was designed three years ago to create Irish experiences and products throughout Dublin, Dring said.

"This is a perfect example of how we envisioned the grant program to work," he said.

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