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Monroe Street Fair Hash Bash Festival © 2013
The first event was put together in less than 2 weeks.That van in the picture, brought an 8'x16' trailer for us to use as a stage
Baoku fills the air with sounds of peace, love, unity and harmony at the 2014 Monroe Street Fair Hash Bash Festival.
2003: The event was held on Saturday, April 5th, 2003 and was named the FREE FEST. We rented the Show Mobile from the City of Wyandotte and it was a great improvement over last year’s trailer stage. The temperature started out a little cold and we had our first rain and snow (.04 inches) and cloudy day. It wasn’t necessarily wet all day, but we sure could have done without the light precipitation and cold weather. The crowd wasn’t that big, with maybe a thousand people coming though that day. The fair featured musical guests John Sinclair with GLOWB, SOOT, Last Days, Buddha Fulla Rymez, Bowlscraper, Hype Engine, and RIB. The fair's poster art was created and printed by Jah Lion Studios. 2004: The event was held on Saturday, April 3rd, 2004. Creative Recreation, Inc., a non-profit corporation, was formed to handle all of the fair's business. 2004 was the first year the fair broke even. We had our best year so far. We had advance promotion of the event, distributing 200 posters and 5000 post cards. The weather once again started out a little cold and we had a little precipitation that day. Attendance was stronger this year as about 2,500 people came through during the day. This year we rented and built a platform stage. The show featured musical guests John Sinclair with Glowb, Muruga and the Ceremonial Global Village Band, Troubleman, Soot, and RIB. The fair had fourteen vendors showcasing a variety of crafts and wares. The fair's poster art was created by Mark Stopke of the Lucky Monkey Tattoo Parlour. Special guest speaker Jack Herer was fired up as he addressed the crowd. 2005: The 4th annual Monroe Street Fair was held on Saturday, April 2nd, 2005. The weather started out at 37 degrees and rose to about 45 degrees. Another cold year with a little precipitation, but attendance continued to rise as about 3,500 people came through. We had 16 vendors with most back from the previous year. A platform stage was used again, only this year, Light Show Bob handled sound and he built scaffolding around and over the stage. The event featured musical guests John Sinclair with Glowb, Moon Madness, the Salt Miners, and Troubleman. The fair had fifteen vendors. The fair's poster art was created by Mark Stopke of the Lucky Monkey Tattoo Parlour. Michigan NORML continued their outstanding support of the fair as a cornerstone of the event.More History
2002: The event was held on Saturday, April 6th, 2002. The new event organizers obtained the event's first ever special event permit, enabling the block party to grow into a fair and festival featuring amplified music exempt from the city noise ordinance along with vending. We had great attendance for the first fair as the weather was a little chilly (24 degrees when we woke up, and rising into the low 40's as the festival got under way) but the sky was very sunny and the day was dry and beautiful. The fairs stage was a flat trailer attached to a cargo van and the show featured musical guests The Brothers Groove, Face, RIB and Moon Maddness, and special guest Muruga. There was not a festival poster in 2002 as we only had 2 weeks to put it all together. We made flyers instead. If anyone has one of those FREE FEST flyers, please let us know so we can get a copy of it.