The Grand Old 4th Street Fair winds its way downhill from Winslow Way and ends up in the Kids’ Zone in Waterfront Park. A variety of family-friendly entertainment and activities go on all day long, from 9 AM to 5 PM, including pony rides, miniature golf, toy sailboat building, a miniature trackless train and other fun stuff. New this year: inflatable obstacle course and bouncy castle!

Entertainment on the Waterfront Park Stage begins at 11 AM with Clay Martin’s Puppets, followed by Alleyoop! from noon to 1 PM.


AlleyOopAlleyoop! returns with a second show after the parade at 3 PM.

Alleyoop (Allan “Al” Hirsch) is an author, historian, poet, riddler, folklorist, puppeteer, musician, singer, teacher, dad, and now a grandpa! Most people say he is a storyteller!  He entertains often in preschools, elementary schools, and even high schools! He knows more songs, stories and riddles, than anybody else his size or shape. He has at least one story or song for every occasion. He has more whistles than you can shake a stick at. Children of all ages love his “Limberjack” routine.  His original musical games are a hoot!  He often uses puppets with the younger children, including “Billy Bear the Silly Bear.”

Winner of two Parent’s Choice Awards for Children’s Audio, he has begun his 40th year working with children and students all over the world. He has recently toured schools in Colombia, South America, and Mexico City,  Guadaljara and Cancoon Mexico.   With extensive experience as educator and entertainer, he continues providing concerts, assemblies, workshops, and residencies. He is willing to travel and bring; laughter, joy and inspiration to children everywhere!

Clay Martin’s Puppet Theater

ClayMartinPuppetsOne of the Northwest’s finest puppeteers since 1979. Clay Martin’s Puppet Theater began as a street show in Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Clay has performed in theaters and festivals around the world. A master of all forms of puppetry including hand pupets, marionettes, shadow theater, rod puppets and toy theater, he provides shows for all occasions and all ages.

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