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    Buy Local Fair celebrates fifth year of keeping Louisville weird
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    Under the shadow of the Louisville Water Tower Saturday afternoon, the Louisville Independent Business Alliance and Grasshopper Distribution celebrated their fifth anniversary of the Buy Local Fair. Over 150 local vendors gathered near the Ohio River to promote and sell their wares and services to those in attendance. Whether you were interested in food trucks, tattoos, publications – Louisville Magazine and, one of the sponsors of the Buy Local Fair, also had a tent – free roofs, cloth diapers, purse/laptop bag hybrids, bartering or clothes, there was something for everyone in the marketplace.

    “The very first one, we probably had about 15 or 20 booths,” LIBA Director Jennifer Rubenstein said, “and that’s when the [Louisville Visual Arts Association] was running it. It was... inside the building, actually.” Rubenstein explained to that the LVAA chose the tower to hold the first fairs -- their offices were at the tower -- until Louisville Water, one of the few locally owned public utilities in the city, took over. The utility then asked LIBA to continue the fair, offering their assistance to the business organization.

    Aside from shopping or learning about what every vendor had to offer, guests could also enjoy many craft beers under the ValuMarket Beer Tent next to the water tower, with brews from Apocalypse Brew Works, BBC and Cumberland among the many available up until the kegs ran dry shortly before Nerves Junior took to the stage. If guests were also hungry, Grind, Lil Cheesers, Taco Punk and Stellar! Sweets were just four of the several options from which to choose.

    Speaking of food, RYE on Market went up against MilkWood at Actors Theatre of Louisville in two-on-two epic cooking battle, with Mayor Greg Fischer as one of the celebrity judges on hand to decide who had the best dish. After a brief confab between the judges and an extended speech by food writer Ron Mikulak, RYE were declared the winners of this year’s cook-off.

    With Indiana and the Ohio serving as the backdrop, local bands Thirty Spokes, Gideon’s Rifle and headlining act Nerves Junior rocked the house throughout the day. Attendees who weren’t into the show onstage could take a tour of the Louisville Water facility while their children could learn more about water at the H2O Kids Zone, then test their newfound knowledge at the Water Trivia Duck Pond.

    The next LIBA event is the Louisville Brewfest at the Mellwood Art Center July 1st. For more information on this event, you can follow LIBA on Facebook, the event’s Facebook page, as well as the LIBA website at

    Photos: Cameron Miquelon/

    A long line of cars slowly made their way into their directed parking spots.
    A brief confab between the judges prior to announcing the winner.
    Food writer Ron Mikulak draws out the anticipation before declaring this year's winner.
    RYE takes the prize; the bottle of rye was already with them.
    This VW Vanagon's name is Maggie, and she's a Westfalia, too!
    This Chevy Fleetside didn't have a name, but Foxhollow Farm couldn't have chosen a more proper conveyance.
    Some of the small statues near the base of the water tower.
    Nerves Junior delivers their dreamy electronic rock to the masses.
    Nerves Junior bassist Brennon Staples fiddles with the knobs while multi-instrumentalist Chris Snow looks cool.
    Emily Gimmel of GRACESHIP (right) poses with a friend for
    Alas, all good things come to an end.
    The teams wait for judgement.
    Mayor Greg Fischer gives his opinions on the dishes created by RYE and MilkWood.
    Micah Chandler busks near the LIBA tents at the fair.
    At the end of the wide grassy median between Zorn Avenue was this sign welcoming all to the Buy Local Fair
    A pair of pups stood by their owners at this vendor's booth.
    Here was our booth, by the way.
    If you needed some extra cash, this mobile ATM van was your hook-up.
    These dapper gentlemen caught my eye.
    If you needed coffee to keep you motivated, Heine Bros. had their lovely Airstream available.
    For those needing something stronger, the ValuMarket Beer Tent had $25 mugs and $4 tickets.
    Emily McCay of The Diaper Fairy poses for a photo.
    Here's your sign.
    OMG! Be, like, hold these amazing pieces from The Hanger!
    Until 2014!

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    Former fashion writer for, now contributing author for automotive industry blog The Truth About Cars. Born in Louisville, returned 29 years later, left for Seattle in 2013.

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