Old Lewiston 26th Peddlers' Faire
By Sharon Hamblin
A Fair to RememberMay 2015
By Sharon Hamblin
On a typical day, the population of the tiny Trinity County town of Lewiston stands at about 1,400 residents. But on the first Saturday of June, the historic mining community balloons into a busting metropolis when the Old Lewiston Peddlers’ Faire comes to town.
The 26th annual event will be June 6 and about 10,000 visitors are expected to meander the streets of Lewiston, which will be jam-packed with vendor booths, food stands, two music stages, arts and crafts stations and a wine tasting highlighting samples from local wineries.
“It’s just a special environment,” says George Bates, a Lewiston resident and event organizer. “There’s an old-town feeling to it.”
Most of the action takes place on Deadwood Road, which parallels the Trinity River. The Lewiston Moose Car Show on the other side of the river can be accessed by walking across the famous one-way Old Lewiston Bridge.
The main streets of Old Lewiston are closed to traffic and the whole community comes together to welcome people from near and far to this family-friendly event, where kids can enjoy face-painting, temporary tattoos and craft stations while adults admire hot rods and classic cars at the car show, sample local wines and enjoy blast-from-the-past moments while perusing antique stands.
The Peddlers’ Faire’s reputation as a fun, start-of-the-summer day festival has made it one of those events that people put on their calendar as an annual destination.
“There’s tons of people, not just from Lewiston, but from all over Northern California,” says Patrick John from the Q97 Billy & Patrick morning radio show. The popular radio duo will hold a live broadcast for a portion of the day. “There’s tons of food, it’s tons of fun. There’s something for everybody, something for the whole family,” he adds.
Last year’s event had nearly 100 booths, according to Tina Teuscher, a Lewiston resident and event organizer. She says the huge variety of vendors is one of the big attractions of the event.
“There’s everything from painters and iron workers to booths with jewelry, birdhouses, local honey and spices, bread mixes – even wind chimes made out of wine bottles,” says Teuscher, who sells her homemade jewelry at a booth. Th ere are plenty of vendors from Lewiston, but also from other parts of California as well as the country. The Peddlers’ Faire also draws antique buff s (as does Lewiston itself ), and serious antique shoppers may find dealers displaying furniture, equipment, old bottles, historic advertising signs and tools.
The “Taste of Trinity” wine tasting begins at 11 am. Participants can sample wines from several local wineries including Lewiston’s own One Maple Winery, Alpen Cellars in Trinity Center and Dogwood Estate Winery in Willow Creek. Th e tasting costs $10 per person (must be age 21 or over) and participants will receive a commemorative wine glass.
The Old Lewiston Peddlers’ Faire is held rain or shine from 9 am to 4 pm and admission is free. There’s plenty of free parking, according to Bates.
Lewiston, which lies beneath the Trinity Alps and is bordered by Trinity and Lewiston Lakes, is 25 miles west of Redding and a 12-minute drive east from Weaverville. From either direction
on Highway 299, follow the signs to Lewiston via Trinity Dam Boulevard. Lewiston is on the left.
26th Old Lewiston Peddlers’ Faire
Saturday June 6