A screening of Jurassic Park is set to be a highlight of the fourth annual Downtown Street Fair today (Aug. 24) and Saturday in Grand Forks.

The fair is set to add a virtual reality rig, oversized chess games, a “Donkey Kong Grip Challenge,” more bouncy houses, and demo bikes for an upcoming "bikeshare" program that’s heading to Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.

The fair will also feature food, beer, and arts and crafts from businesses in Grand Forks and beyond. Returning is a farmers market, a “kids zone,” and other mainstays. A series of musicians, free caricature drawings, and a professional yo-yoer are also scheduled.

The fair is organized by the Downtown Development Association, a nonprofit that advocates for member businesses, most of which are in or near the city’s center. It could cause some congestion with parking, including in front of the Herald building.

“It’s sort of like a really nice, big celebration downtown where we can utilize interesting spaces,” said Katie Rehder, the association’s marketing and event coordinator, of the fair. “We want to bring more unique things to the community, and we also want to get people downtown that don’t normally come downtown on a daily basis. ... We’ll get people from all over the area that have never been here before.”

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The fair is free to enter, but vendors there are set to charge for food, drinks and so on. Proceeds from the fair will help pay association employees’ salaries, Rehder said.

Food and beer vendors scheduled are: Thomsen’s Root Beer, Johnny’s/Stir Fry on a Stick, Davis Enterprises, Rhombus Guys Brewing Co., Little Blue Elephant, Half Brothers Brewing Co., Bronson’s Concessions, and New Flavors Food Truck.

Musical acts booked for the fair are Penumbra, Popejoy Jazztet, and Chris Johnson.