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LAAF still a local blast 15 years later

This year marks the fifteenth year of what's now called the Living Asheville Arts Festival, or LAAF. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

This year marks the fifteenth year of what's now called the Living Asheville Arts Festival, or LAAF.

Formerly known as the Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival, it returned after a hiatus.

But a lot is the same: Music, street performers and artisans doing their thing on Lexington Avenue downtown.

What's called Asheville's "All-original street fair" brought about 10,000 people to enjoy the fun. Festival goers and vendors alike say that they have a blast at LAAF.

"I am in my booth working all day, so that's fun and the jousting happens right up on this road, and that's outrageous, funny and fun to watch," said vendor Sarah Vekasi.

Organizers say this festival isn't simply about fun, but also works to educate people in economics, social justice, climate change and "positive living."

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