By CRA News Service
DELRAY BEACH – Put on your coolest, comfiest shoes and clothes. Don sunglasses, sunscreen and your biggest smile.
It’s the Delray Affair time again and the place to be is downtown Delray Beach.
For three days, from Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15, downtown will be like a big pedestrian mall.
From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the free event, celebrating its golden anniversary, is offering the same attraction that keeps Affairgoers coming back each year.
Produced by the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, the festival spans from the Tennis Center east to the Intracoastal Waterway.
Thousands are expected to browse through the maze of artwork, craft and other unusual and interesting wares. Police officers will be on duty to deal with security and traffic, officials said.
Since 1962, the event, which began as the city’s Gladiola Festival has grown from 24 exhibitors into an arts, craft, food and entertainment gala with more than 700 exhibitors and 300,000 attendees.
“Yearly the Delray Affair attracts between 250,000 and 300,000 attendees … with an economic impact of over $21 million for the City of Delray Beach,” organizer Nancy Stewart-Franczak said.
The festival also showcases two beer gardens featuring live music and more.
Churches and civic groups traditionally have offered delicacies as conch fritters, pigeon peas and rice, sweet potato pie, seafood chowder and fried dolphin as well as hot dogs and hamburgers for the less adventurous. Organizers expect such tradition will continue.
Real Time Marketing Group, an event sponsor and a local business, has created a mobile app for use by patrons at this year’s Delray Affair.
Visitors will be able to search for exhibitors on their smart phones. Those without a smart phone can visit any of five information booths and the Delray Ambassadors will assist.
The festival always takes place on the weekend after Easter so that merchants can profit from the snowbirds who extend their stay by a week to stay for the festival.
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