The Historic Dublin Street Bazaar this year warrants a road closure.

High Street will close for the first time for the free event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2.

The street will be closed between state Route 161 and Pinney Hill Lane, said event organizer Christena Wentz.

The closure will enable the event's 14 food trucks and nearly 100 outside vendors to set up in a more festival-like manner.

The list of road closures and restrictions includes:

* Spring Hill Lane and Eberly Hill Lane between Mill Lane and South High Street and the Town Center parking lot will be closed to through traffic from approximately 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.

* South High Street will be closed to through traffic between state Route 161/Bridge Street and Pinney Hill Lane from approximately 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

* All roads south of Pinney Hill Lane, as well as South Blacksmith Lane and Mill Lane will remain open throughout the event

* All alleys north of state Route 161/Bridge Street will remain open

* North High Street remains restricted to one lane for ongoing improvements, with only southbound traffic permitted between North Street and Indian Run Drive.

Wentz said the festival's growth led to the decision to close High Street.

The event was started in 2015 by Chelsea Borough Home.

The bazaar had six food trucks and about 36 vendors its initial year and attracted about 2,500 people, Wentz said.

The Historic Dublin Business Association took over organizing the event in its second year.

The community supported the bazaar from the first year, Wentz said.

"We've really seen it benefit the permanent businesses and restaurants that are down here, too," she said.

Vendors this year will include artists, artisans and small businesses from Columbus and throughout Ohio, Wentz said.

Last year's attendance numbered about 3,500 people and Wentz said she is expecting about 4,500 people to attend this year.

At the request of the bazaar's patrons, a selection of food trucks, including Schmidt's Sausage Haus und Restaurant and Buckeye Donuts, will be selling breakfast items, Wentz said.

Two live entertainment areas also will be sponsored by the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Dancers, a pipe band and a flash mob will perform at an area near Spring Hill Lane and South High Street.

A main stage at the corner of Bridge and High streets will feature the David Rice Duo from 9 to11:45 a.m., Dulahan will perform from 1 to 3 p.m. and Randy Clapper & John Sherman will perform from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

The Street Bazaar, like other Historic Dublin Business Association events, helps generate awareness about the historic district, said Scott Dring, executive director of the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"Anytime you can generate traffic and awareness of this area, it's only a good thing," he said.

The Irish Alley at Spring Hill and South High Street will offer Irish crafts for children.

Younger attendees will also have special activities available in the Macaroni Kid area in front of Dublin Community Church.

Families will be able to obtain a bazaar passport and complete kid-themed activities at vendor tables for a chance to win prizes, said Robbi Spanoudis, publisher and owner of nwcolumbus.macaronikid.com, a website that lists low cost and free events in Columbus area.

Anne Gline, owner of Ha'penny Bridge Imports of Ireland at 75 S. High St., said sales are very good on the Saturday of the bazaar.

This year, Ha'Penny will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the duration of the event, and will feature white and black items on the front porch.

"We always come up with something new to have," Gline said.

The event will be held rain or shine, Wentz said. If there are severe storms, expected, the event will be moved to Sunday.

A complimentary bicycle parking area will be available at Chelsea Borough Home, 54 South High St.

Free public parking is available throughout the historic district and at Indian Run Elementary School and John Sells Middle School, as well as in parking garages in the Bridge ge Park.

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