A stroll, in fact, seemed the best way to take in the multitude of offerings in the warm sunshine on the 26-block route along Solano between The Alameda in Berkeley and San Pablo Avenue in Albany.
The event's organizer, the Solano Avenue Association, said there were 150 booths by government, non-profit groups and other enterprises as well as 50 food booths, 50 entertainers and 50 arts and crafters.
A quick survey by Patch of seven cheek-by-jowl booths near Colusa Avenue found, in order:
- Aikido Shuseki
- The JazzSchool
- Berkeley Lacrosss
- Berkeley Chess School
- Berkeley High Cross Country
- Mike's Bikes
- East Bay Rowing Club
New to the stroll this year was the Police Motorcycle Competition, in which motorcycle officers from 11 agencies competed on an obstacle course set up on the playground at Thousand Oaks Elementary School in Berkeley.
Many of the booths, especially those offering spin-the-wheel giveaways like candy, seldom lacked visitors, and lines could be counted on at several food vendors as well as the tall slide at the western end of the street.
A variety of music could be heard. A half block walk by Patch went from "Born to the Be Wild" to a medley of Simon & Garfunkle, followed not long afterward by lively Mexican tunes.
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