“It was a perfect day for a street festival,” Manorhaven village Clerk Sharon Abramski said of the Manorhaven Street Festival on Saturday.
About 400 people came out for the festival, she said, and “seeing the smiling faces of the children with painted faces and balloon sculptures made it all worthwhile.”
Fun for children was made possible by Anabel the Clown, who was sponsored by Ressa Real Estate, and Karima, who offered free face painting courtesy of Lamotta’s Restaurant. Tunes were brought to attendees by Tommy G, a disc jockey sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.
The fair, organized each year by the Village of Manorhaven, was resurrected by former Manorhaven Mayor Giovanna Giunta in 2012 when she was elected, said Abramski, who has been organizing the fair with the help of the village Department of Public Works ever since.
A variety of food trucks lined both sides of Manorhaven Boulevard from Dunwood Road to Furwood Road featuring American cuisine from 1958 On the Road, Italian meats from Bambino’s based in Deer Park, calzones from Coney Island Joe and Ray’s Pretzels among many others.
And there was no lack of shopping at the fair with vendors selling clothing, jewelry, artisan goods, toys and herbal remedies, among others.
North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, North Hempstead Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio and Manorhaven Mayor Jim Avena attended the fair.
“It was wonderful,” the mayor said. “It was well attended with beautiful weather.”
He said attendees were in great spirits and he is looking forward to next year’s festival.
“It was a fun day for all,” Abramski said. “We want to acknowledge our local sponsors, Ressa Realty, LaMotta’s Restaurant, and the Knights of Columbus who sponsored the free entertainment.”