Food, families and fun were spread along Jericho Turnpike Saturday afternoon for the 25th annual New Hyde Park Street Fair.
Saturday was the second street fair after a two-year delay in 2019 due to LIRR construction in 2020 and COVID-19 in 2021.
The village, in conjunction with Craft-A-Fair Long Island, held the event on Jericho from New Hyde Park Road to Lakeville Road.
Attendees were treated to a number of activities and options, ranging from a slice at Gino’s, a drink at the Angry Gnome Pub or a big buffet at Park Place that never had a shortage of hungry patrons.
With all the space available on Jericho, there was not a seat left in the house thanks to the local businesses, community service organizations and outside vendors.
Mayor Christopher Devane said it was amazing to see the fair return to its usual numbers.
“We’re back to pre-COVID numbers, we have over 120 vendors and we could not have asked for a more beautiful day,” Devane said. “It’s amazing to see everyone out.”
Devane previously told Blank Slate Media it has been a priority of the village to organize high-quality events that are fun for the whole family and that every event the village has are open to everyone, regardless of where they live, free of charge.
Later this year, the village will be hosting its first Columbus Day parade on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m. with a rain date scheduled for Monday, Oct. 10.
On Saturday, Oct. 22, the village will be hosting its Halloween parade.
The demonstrations Saturday included students from John Chung Tae Kwon Do Karate and an excavation drill courtesy of the New Hyde Park Fire Department.
The first responders simulated removing a victim from an automobile, using various tools, such as the jaws of life, as the crowd grew. Once the “victim” was saved, the department went ahead and finished the drill on the car, which included removing each door.
Following the excavation, firefighters allowed kids to spray fire hoses down the street, which may have been the best chance to cool off Saturday, aside from a cold lemonade.