Attendees could browse the booths to the sound of live music from Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands, a Greensboro-based but nationally-recognized band that plays carnival-style, jazzy, accordion-heavy music. Kids were invited to make their own pretzel necklaces.
Recipients of the 2013 Cooperative Community Fund grants had displays at the fair, and candidates running for Weaver Street Market’s board of directors were on hand to meet and answer questions from community members.
Representatives from Eastern Carolina Organics, the Latino Community Credit Union and Self-Help Credit Union were also at the fair to share information about their organizations.
Watts said although there has never been a co-op fair before, the market has hosted many parties similar to it to promote its co-op partners.
Sarah Jarvis, a bartender at Mystery Brewing Company and a UNC alumna, said the brewery joined Weaver Street Market’s co-op initiative because it provided a natural atmosphere to sell its beer locally.
Jarvis said the fair was a great opportunity for Mystery Brewing to showcase its summer lineup and gain exposure throughout the community.
“I hope people tried something new, something they’ve never had before, and learned something about us so they’ll come out to see us in Hillsborough,” Jarvis said.
Even though the fair was held on the same day as UNC’s first home football game of the season, both Watts and Jarvis said the number of attendees exceeded their expectations.
“The turnout was great,” Jarvis said. “I never left the booth.”
Tamsin Mulvogue, a resident of Chapel Hill, said she decided to come to the fair with her family after reading about it online.
“It’s definitely nice to have these opportunities to get together with people in the community,” Mulvogue said. “And the music is great.”