Webster Street Jams Out
Magnificent sunny weather brought the crowds to Webster Street’s annual street fair and Father’s Day Celebration dubbed The Island Jam last weekend.
Like any great county fair, there were many unusual fried goods plus funnel cakes, candied apples, sausage, barbecue, corn dogs, ice cream and sno-cones of all flavors.
Many local restaurants and businesses had a great presence including the The USS Hornet Museum, Alameda Chamber of Commerce, AC Transit and The Friends of The Alameda Animal Shelter. Alameda Hospital’s booth showed off their many free programs.
Among the many performers on the event’s two stages were Encinal High School’s Jets cheerleaders performing their routines. The squad spent days preparing a bake sale to raise funds for next season’s uniforms and supplies according to Coach Rhonda Worthy.
This year, the stage near Lincoln Avenue was dubbed the Heath Momon stage in memory of the late learner support specialist at Argosy University. Momon’s commitment to the Alameda community was recognized with this honor.
Several vendors offered Warriors merchandise for sale. Other vendors sold tye-dyed goods. Lots of Father’s Day gifts were on sale as well.
Nearly half the fair was devoted to rides for kids and the young-at-heart including a rock-climbing wall, the Crazy Bus, Ferris wheel and giant slide.
The event began in 2002 as the Peanut Butter Jam Festival in honor of Skippy Peanut Butter’s origins on Webster. In recent years, the festival’s name was shortened to the Island Jam.