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Mayfair business group planning big events

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The May­fair Busi­ness As­so­ci­ation is fi­nal­iz­ing plans for two of its biggest events of the year.

On Sat­urday, May 19, the busi­ness as­so­ci­ation will team with the May­fair Civic As­so­ci­ation to present the fourth an­nu­al May­fair Fallen Her­oes 5k Run & Walk.

That same day, the busi­ness as­so­ci­ation will hold its fifth an­nu­al May­fair May Fair.

The Fallen Her­oes Run will hon­or fire­fight­er Joseph L. Kon­rad, who was as­signed to En­gine 25 in Fishtown. A 15-year fire de­part­ment vet­er­an, Kon­rad died June 13, 1984 after re­spond­ing to an ar­son fire at 2002 Tulip St. He was killed when the second and third floors of the rowhome col­lapsed in­to the base­ment. He was 37.

Kon­rad Square, a park in Fishtown, is named in his memory, and there is also a mur­al of his like­ness in the neigh­bor­hood.

The prime spon­sors of the Fallen Her­oes Run are Fraternal Or­der of Po­lice Lodge 5, Pre­ci­sion Mech­an­ic­al Ser­vices and In­ter­na­tion­al As­so­ci­ation of Fire Fight­ers Loc­al 22.

The event will be held rain or shine. The entry fee is $20 if paid by May 15 and $25 there­after.

Race-day re­gis­tra­tion will take place from 7:30 to 8:20 a.m. in Ab­ra­ham Lin­coln High School’s park­ing lot at Sack­ett Street and Ry­an Av­en­ue.

The walk/run will be­gin at 8:30. An awards ce­re­mony is sched­uled for 10:30 at May­fair Me­mori­al Play­ground, at Row­land Av­en­ue and Vista Street.

Pro­ceeds will be­ne­fit Hero Thrill Show Inc., which provides col­lege schol­ar­ships for the chil­dren of Phil­adelphia po­lice of­ficers and fire­fight­ers killed or dis­abled in the line of duty; a me­mori­al plaque that will be ded­ic­ated on Sept. 19 for Kon­rad; and the con­tin­ued re­build­ing of May­fair Me­mori­al Play­ground.

As for the May Fair, there will be a vari­ety of activ­it­ies along Frank­ford Av­en­ue, from Har­bison Av­en­ue to Rhawn Street. Many of the activ­it­ies will be held near Cottman Av­en­ue. The event will go on rain or shine.

Open­ing fest­iv­it­ies will run from 11 a.m. to noon.

The day will in­clude side­walk sales, giveaways, prizes, snacks, a dog parade con­test and live mu­sic from noon to 6 p.m. by Boss Hy­dro, Zen­gage, Stems and Seeds, Rev, A.J. Slick, Mike Le­Compt, Joe Coyne and Mike Mc­Cul­lough.

A car and truck show will run from 2 p.m. to sun­set on the 6200 block of Hawthorne St. Any­one who wants to enter an an­tique, muscle or race car can re­gister by con­tact­ing Mike Wil­li­ams at 267-334-0118 or mike.jp.wil­li­ams@gmail.com

The “after dark” May Fair will start at 5 p.m. along the 6200 block of Frank­ford Ave. There will be an art show and live mu­sic by the SexySad­ie Band and Huge Jack­man.

Though not an of­fi­cial part of the May Fair, the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil will hold its com­munity day on the 3500 block of Ry­an Ave. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also, the Philly Pret­zel Fact­ory will hold a block party at Frank­ford and Bleigh av­en­ues.

Park­ing will be free on the av­en­ue.

For more in­form­a­tion on the Fallen Her­oes Run or the May Fair, go to www.may­fair­biz.com

The May­fair Busi­ness As­so­ci­ation will meet again on Wed­nes­day, May 30, at 9 a.m., at Re­pub­lic Bank, at 7300 Frank­ford Ave. ••

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