Fountain Hills Great Fair

This article authored by: Catherine Hallberg

Fountain Hills FountainOne of the benefits of living in Tucson is its proximity to Phoenix. From Vail, which is in SE Tucson, you can hop on I-10 and be in Phoenix in 2-2 ½ hrs.

This past weekend Rob & I attended the Fountains Hills Great Fair. This suburb is about 20 minutes Northeast of Scottsdale, off Shea Boulevard.  Primarily a golfing community, its focal point is a gorgeous park and lake featuring a giant fountain which erupts from a concrete water lily structure for 15 minutes each hour.  The plume rises from 300-560’ depending on how many pumps are running. . Built in 1970 by Robert McCulloch, it attracts thousands of visitors every year as does the town which boasts low crime rates, great schools and loads of civic and community activities. The Great Fair is one of two Arts & Crafts Festivals held each year.  The Festival of Arts & Crafts occurs in November.

The Great Fair is a 3 day event, hosting nearly 500 artists from all over the country. You’ll see artwork, pottery, sculptures, salsa, flavored oils, clothing, chocolate and some very unique creations crafted by a variety of artisans. Sunday morning begins with a Hot Air Balloon Rally before the fair opens. Live music is heard throughout the fair which adds to the festive ambiance.  Food abounds. With a variety of selections from hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, fry bread, kettle corn and BBQ to Mexican fare and designer chocolate, there’s no chance you’ll go hungry.

Rob & I visited one of our artist friends, Todd Winters, from Austin who paints mainly SW subject matter using vibrant colors in a unique style we love. In fact, we own several pieces of his artwork.  From there we moved on to Chocofin which specializes in Belgian Chocolate creations. Of course, we had to sample a few before making our purchases.  We also bought some mango salsa and I found a great sunhat which flattens out in your suitcase, but can be easily re-shaped to wear while on vacation.

We had a fun day and though we opted to spend the night in Phoenix, it would have been no problem to drive back to Tucson. For those of you moving to Tucson, put the Fountain Hills Fair or Arts & Crafts Festival on your to-do list. You’ll be glad you did!

Todd Winters

Rob and Catherine Hallberg are Associate Brokers with Long Realty, a Berkshire-Hathaway Affiliate and Southern Arizona’s largest Brokerage. Since 2008, they have been ranked in the top 5% to 8% of all U.S. REALTORS®. Send Rob and Catherine an email for a fast response to your questions; for an even faster response, Call (520) 407-8667.

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