Bicycles, street fair to mix downtown April 20

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Wheels are turning on a new street fair to accompany the annual Tour of Walla Walla Downtown Crit this year.

The Downtown Walla Walla Foundation has announced a partnership with Allegro Cyclery and Tour of Walla Walla that could turn what has become an all-day Saturday street closure into a daylong downtown party April 20.

According to the announcement, through the foundation’s weekly newsletter, downtown merchants will take to the sidewalks with their wares and food specials, many with a bicycle theme.

A game of “Bike Guy Hide & Seek” will also be part of the attraction. From morning through 1 p.m., customers can swing by participating businesses to find a “hiding Bike Guy.” Those who do can pick up a card and proceed to the next business. When enough cards have been collected, they can be traded at a booth at Land Title Plaza, First Avenue and Main Street, for entry into a prize drawing. Participating merchants that have committed to hiding the Bike Guy include Allegro Cyclery, Walla Walla Sew & Vac & Spas, Book & Game Co., Sweet Basil Pizzeria, Salumiere Cesario, Sweetwater Paper & Home, Cookie Tree Bakery, Hidden Treasures, La Columbina, Laht Neppuer Ale House, Main Street Furniture, The Sweet Shoppe, Door Number Two, Maple Counter Café and Red Bicycle.

Pro racing that day starts at 2 p.m. and is scheduled until 8 p.m.

That morning will feature kid races. Children can register for any of four bike races that start at 9:30 a.m. at Main and Spokane streets. Kids races come in four classes, including tricycle, training wheel, a 4-6-year-old race and 7-9-year-old race. The top three finishers get a prize in each category. At noon will be a Grand Parade of Bikes for everyone — kids to grandparents. Participants are encouraged to decorate their bicycles.

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