The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 256
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FAIR MAKES A MOVE
he Fry Street Fair was relo-
cated to the North Texas
Fairgrounds this year, breaking a ten
year tradition. The Fry Street Fair,
which was sponsored by the Delta
Lodge was relocated due to a vote by
the city council which had received a
Fry Street property owner's complaint
about property damage in previous
years. The fraternity's president,
Mainul Hasan said the fraternity had
paid for all property damages result-
ing from past fairs.
All Fry Street businesses affected
by the fair had to sign an agreement
each year saying they wanted the fair
to take place. The Delta Lodge sub-
mitted all but one necessary signature
to the city council, that of Curtis
Loveless, a Denton attorney who
owned much of the business property
on Fry Street.
The city council had a policy that
required all of the Fry Street business-
es affected by the fair to sign the
agreement, stated Mayor Ray Ste-
phens, who voted against closing the
street to comply with the policy.
However, council member Linnie
McAdams said the policy did not re-
quire the signature of any property
owners. "The Delta Lodge had all of
the (necessary) business' signatures,"
McAdams said. "The policy has al-
ways been that the business' signa-
tures were needed, not the owners."
Council members who voted
against closing the street were Ste-
phens, Bot Gorton, Jim Alexander
and Jane Hopkins. Hopkins said she
voted against closing Fry Street be-
cause the property owner did not
want that. "I think it would be much
better at the Fairgrounds because we
wouldn't have to close any streets
down," Hopkins stated. "It (the fair)
is not a big burning issue in my
The fraternity made the best of a
bad situation, however. Two stages
were used instead of one. The bands
played on alternate stages. Bands that
were featured were Ten Hands, Brave
Combo, Fever in the Funkhouse, Last
Rites, Leroy Shakespeare and the Ship
of Vibes, Good Foot and Reverend
Horton Heat. The audience had more
room to dance and more songs to
dance to. Admission to the fair was
$5.00, part of which was donated to
the United Way. - by DeLinda Spain
NT students, faculty, staff and other
Denton residents crowd the North Tex-
as Fairgrounds at the 1990 Fry Street
Fair. Photo by Gonzalo Godinez
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