A steady stream of people hit Main Street Sunday morning through afternoon as a large crowd packed the New City Street Fair starting nearly when it opened at 10 a.m. The event featured more than 100 vendors, plenty of food, rides, games and even a petting zoo. It was a sunny Sunday, which many vendors were happy about, as the last New City Street Fair in April was canceled shortly after the event started due to heavy rain. This was the first year the New City Chamber of Commerce decided to hold two street fairs in one year.
The vendors ranged from local businesses, some along Main Street, to local organizations, as well others who brought their products to the street fair from out of county or state.
Kevin Heidelberger, a bartender at Castle Inn on Main Street, said the bar has had a tent outside at the fair since it moved to Main Street. The tent is right in front of the Castle Inn, which also had its doors open so people inside could enjoy a bit of the fair atmosphere.
The fair also gives local businesses without a storefront a chance to get their product out there. Kendell Brenner and his son, Jordan, 8, of New City, have been using street fairs to sell hot sauces. Jordan , Jordan’s Hot-cha WAA-cha Sauces, and his dad, a chef, helps comes up with the recipes.
The New City Street Fair was the third street fair they’ve sold sauces at this summer, and they have 12 more to go to within the next month, including heading as far away as Pennsylvania. So far, Kendell Brenner said they sell mostly at street fairs and farmers markets, but occasionally online as well.