With fall just around the corner, the New Hyde Park Street Fair provided a much needed day in short sleeves. The fair, now in its nineteenth year, is a must-go for locals, including Jason Flarentz.
“I’ve been coming to [the fair] for at least 10 years,” the Garden City Park resident said. “It’s a tradition in the community that really caps the summer.”
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Last year, the fair was greeted by torrential downpours to start the day, but gave way to sunny skies around noon. This year, Mother Nature cooperated.
“We caught a gorgeous day,” New Hyde Park Village trustee Donald Barbieri said. “It’s another huge success. Great to see the whole community participate.”
Sporting craft vendors, handbag boutiques and toys, the fair’s location along Jericho Turnpike gives local businesses a chance to strut their stuff.
“It’s a great day,” trustee Donna Squicciarino said. “I like all the crafts, candles and flowers. My children are running to [Best Comics]. This fair showcases the businesses.”
The 2014 street fair is the first major event in the village after the completion of Operation Main Street, a business-district beautification project that saw new plantings, medians, benches and walkways installed along Jericho Turnpike. For Mayor Robert Lofaro, fair itself is a participant.
“We set the venue but when everyone arrives, it takes a life of its own,” Lofaro said. “From the pony rides to the lemonade sales, there’s choices for everybody.”
For trustee Rich Coppola, the fair rekindles old memories.
“Good to see old faces, people I haven’t seen in years,” he said. “It’s great day in the village when everything comes together.”
The fair is the definition of local flare, fair coordinator Janet Bevers said. However, it draws fairgoers outside of New Hyde Park.
“We have thousands of visitors here from outside the village,” Bevers said. “It’s satisfying to see everyone come for the fair. We couldn’t have done this without the team we put together for the fair.”
The New Hyde Park Fire Department provided safety details and set up a recruiting table at South 12th Street and Yorkshire Food, a local distributor of Wise Chips handed out free snacks near South 8th Street.
Local charities were on hand, including the New Hyde Park Museum, New Hyde Park Memorial High School Dads Club, Model UN, Manor Oaks School, Hillside Grade School, New Hyde Park Road School, Knights of Columbus, The Gladiator Fund, G&E Linder VFW, New Hyde Park Fire Department’s ladies auxiliary, village beautification committee, among others.