Young Alexandra Lindner tipped her pink plastic fireman’s hat to the floor, grabbed some chalk and got to work making Oakmont a better place on Saturday afternoon.
Four-year-old Alexandra of Oakmont was one of many children who colored the bricks on Allegheny River Boulevard as part of the Oakmont Chamber of Commerce’s annual street sale.
Her mother, Melissa Lindner, said coming to the event — designed to bring people to the borough and showcase her business district and chamber members — has become a summer expectation.
“We’ve lived in Oakmont for five years now and go to the street sale every year,” Lindner said. “It’s kind of a tradition in the summer. We are having fun. I feel like every year there are more activities and new suppliers. It’s funny. I think (Alexandra) is enjoying the event. We went to the petting zoo. We did street art, and now she wears makeup.
Oakmont Skin Care & Electrolysis offered free mini-makeovers and chair massages.
Julia Serbati, 23, of Oil City was one of the customers to have been touched up. She said it was amazing.
“It’s just the best weather ever here,” she said. “I feel pretty.”
Serbati and her friend, Allie Domer, 24, from Cheswick met at Oakmont Bakery on Saturday when they saw the street vending traffic and decided to check it out.
“We were just having breakfast and we came over,” Domer said. “I think it’s great. It’s nice to see all these people enjoying the nice weather.
There was a car cruise, a petting zoo, deejay and live music, several church and nonprofit information booths, and many food trucks and artisans throughout. Allegheny River Boulevard, from California Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue.
Oakmont Police and Fire and Lower Valley Emergency Medical Service each pulled out some of their vehicles for people to explore. People also received plastic firefighter hats and police badge stickers.
The event was bolstered by The Oakmont Experience Farmer’s Market, which takes place Saturday through October along the boulevard in the parking lot of the old dry cleaner.
Vendors in this region included Ohioville-based Haffey Family Farms, Juicery in Oakmont, Iron Alley Soap, and Potted Houseplants.
Cathie Adams, owner of Oakmont Skin Care and vice president of the chamber, said street vending is about people.
“It’s community involvement,” Adams said. “It’s great to see our customers and meet new people and attract them. It definitely grew. He has never been so involved. They brought in so many more vendors. More people joined the chamber.
Street vending has been going on for over 20 years.
More information and photos from this year’s event are available at Facebook page.
Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .