4Th Avenue Street Fair kicks off in Tucson

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- A lot of people will be heading outside into those warm temperatures this weekend.  The annual 4th Avenue Spring Street Fair kicked Friday morning.

The road down fourth ave is closed to cars this weekend as one of Tucson's most eclectic streets makes way for vendors from across the country.

This year's 4th Avenue Spring Street Fair will feature 400 arts and crafts vendors, 45 food booths, and two stages for performers. Vendors started setting up their booths early Thursday morning.

They're preparing for a crowd of about 350,000.

"I love the repeat customers, I have a huge fan base of people who come," said vendor Barbara Ramos.

Though the Spring Fair has a lot of regulars, nearly a quarter of the arts and crafts sellers are new this year.  And again this time around, no pets allowed.

At the Winter Street Fair in December organizers put in a place a no pet ordinance. The idea worked out so well, they've decided to stick with it.

"It's wonderful, for my staff and for the attending public, if you could only see what I used to see when we had animals here, you too would want a ban on having animals at the Street Fair,"

Organizers and vendors are also prepared for hot temperatures this weekend.

"The Spring Fair is always a little warmer than the winter fair, which means we sell more beer and more soda and more water," said Pantano Rotary Club President Jerry Heintze.

They're hoping the food and fun of this four-decade tradition will yet again showcase Tucson at its finest.

The Street Fair runs from 10 in the morning to 6 at night Friday through Sunday.