Okafor showcased hand printed shirts he made from linocuts that featured many surfing, peace related and African themed designs.
Leigh Nixon, president and CEO of the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce, said the fair is held every year on the day before Mother's Day and encourages visitors to meet business owners, learn about organizations and shop locally.
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"It's really a day for the whole community to meet each other," Nixon said.
"There's so many things to choose from here," said Maria Aguirre, a Moorpark resident who ended up buying her mom a framed real butterfly from the Real Bugs booth.
a booth featuring wind chimes they made from shells, driftwood and flowers.
Simi Valley nonprofit Forever Found also had a booth where visitors could learn about its efforts helping abused and exploited children. The group also sold lemonade stand kits so kids could get involved with helping other children by setting up their own "LemonAID Stand for Justice."
About 20,000 people were expected at the fair, which also included an emergency expo presented by the Simi Valley Police Department, the city's environmental/development services department, the Ventura County Fire Department and other agencies.
Amelia Jaeger, 8, was one of many participants in the YMCA's pinewood derby, a popular racing event in which children build their own miniature wood cars and race them.
The 25th annual Simi Valley Street Fair presented Saturday by the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce didn't just offer visitors a chance to learn about businesses and organizations in the community.
The free street fair, featuring more than 350 vendors over a quarter mile stretch of Cochran Street between Galena and Sequoia, also offered a chance to pick up a unique Mother's Day gift from many local artists and crafters.
"We've been very busy because of Mother's Day," Mary Lou Borgstom said. "This event in Simi Valley has always been a wonderful venue to showcase our work."
The event also included entertainment, food and a beer garden. Children played for free in the popular Kids Korner organized by the Simi Valley Family YMCA.
Simi Valley Missing Pets, a local animal rescue organization, brought 24 adoptable dogs to the event, where the group also spread the word about its search and rescue efforts for lost pets. Three dogs already had been adopted by noon.
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Moorpark resident Dave Anderson, a retired city planner and owner of Woodland Creations, showed visitors the his handmade birdhouses and "gnome homes" he made from driftwood from local beaches, dried moss and wood from fallen trees.
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