For this year’s second New City Street Fair, the New City Chamber of Commerce has made some changes to the layout to give the event even more of a presence along Main Street.
New City Chamber of Commerce President Steve Weisblatt said that at the Sunday, Sept. 2 street fair, carnival rides and bounce houses will bookend the fair, which runs along Main Street from Congers Road to Second Avenue. Previously, the rides and bounce houses were on the courthouse lawn. The showmobile stage, provided by the town, used to sit at the corner of Main Street and Congers Road, but will move to the connected parking lots for the strip shopping centers. There will also be about 100 chairs set up near the stage so people can enjoy variety of performers, from musicians and jugglers to magicians and more.
Also at the street fair will be Arcade2Go with video games, classic cars on display and an expected 140-plus vendors, selling various crafts, food items and more.
“There’s going to be a lot of food,” Weisblatt said. “I’d suggest people get there early. Between the food, the rides, the arts, I think it’s going to be a successful event.”
This is the third year the chamber has organized the street fair and the second year it has been on Main Street,. For the first year, it was located at the Town Hall lawn and parking lot. This is also the first year the chamber has organized two street fairs in one year. The first one was held on April 22, but was .
“We just are hoping for better weather this time out,” Weisblatt said. “The rain was just so heavy last time we decided to shut down early.”
Roxanne Perrone, a chamber member and owner of Perronucci’s Italian Deli & Market, said that they expect back all the vendors from this year’s spring fair, plus some new ones.
“We want this to be the biggest one yet and show that it’s not just this little street fair, but it’s a great event,” she said. “There’s such a great energy in the town during the street fair, and everyone is so happy and excited to be there.”
For business owners like Heather Koubek, owner of Yemaya Wellness & Massage, the street fair allows them the chance to not only get their business out in the community some more, but meet those in the community they might not otherwise.
“My hope is that by seeing us in person, and putting a face and caring personality to the practitioner before they actually receive a full session can help anyone who may have been feeling apprehensive,” she said via email. “The street fair last Labor Day was very successful for myself and Susan Brennan, Lac who rents space from me, and sits with me also. I am a New City resident as well. New City has a wonderfully diverse population and the street fair is a great way for me to meet some of them.”