Floral Park Street Fair to return on June 9 following three-year hiatus

Floral Park Street Fair to return on June 9 following three-year hiatus
Floral Park's Tulip Avenue, as seen on Memorial Day. (Photo by Brandon Duffy)

The Floral Park Chamber of Commerce’s street fair, sponsored by the New York Racing Association, will return on Friday, June 9, following a three-year hiatus.

The street fair will take place from 5-10 p.m., the night before the 155th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park, the third and oldest leg of the Triple Crown in horse racing.

The fair will feature face painting, balloon art, live bands, outdoor dining and more.

Festivities will take place on Tulip Avenue from Verbena to Plainfield Avenue. Social media posts from the chamber encouraged vendors to reach out and register to participate in the event by emailing [email protected]

Last year, chamber officials sent out an email days before the event informing members of cancellations from rides, vendors and live bands.

“This left us with the decision to have a pared-down street fair with no rides and entertainment. We wanted to bring the fair back with a bang, not a whimper, and with no clarity about the afternoon weather, and the 50/50 chance of a complete washout, we decided to cancel entirely to save the vendors and workers the time and trouble of setting up their stations and to save the village many hours of overtime and expense, which our taxpayers bare,” the chamber said in a statement last year.

Chamber officials said last year they would be “more determined” to host the street fair in 2023. The street fair was also canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Stephen Wickes, the immediate past president of the chamber who has organized the street fair for the past decade, told Blank Slate Media last year that the chamber was eager to show everything Floral Park has to offer after being sidelined for two years due to the pandemic.

“It’s important for the local businesses because we draw a really big crowd,” Wickes said in an interview. “We want to attract people to the heart of our village and experience what Floral Park has to offer, which is shopping, dining and living in a family-friendly community.”

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