Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 20 May 2011 00:00
The annual Mineola Fair will not be held in Memorial Park this year, but instead moved to the downtown area of the village closer to shops and other local businesses. The village board unanimously voted to move the fair at a recent board meeting.
For the past 20 years, the spring fair has been run out of Memorial Park. The three chamber representatives brought a proposal before the board to move the fair and turn it into a street fair.
The move was proposed by the Mineola Chamber of Commerce (COC) at the April 6 meeting of the village board and was first announced by Chamber President Ray Sikorski and Willis Hobbies owner Steve Ford at a prior chamber meeting.
The chamber had proposed moving the street fair from its current site of Memorial Park, and expanding and moving it near Mineola Boulevard.
According to village officials, the chamber is getting to the point where they need to begin planning if they’re going to pull this off in September.
“I think it’s a great boost for that area and the chamber of commerce,” Mayor Scott Strauss said. ‘I think this setup will give attendees more room to roam through the local businesses and see what Mineola is all about.”
The fair would be held on Sunday, Sept. 25, with a rain date of October 2 and would not interfere with the Williston Park street fair.
According to past president Steve Ford, the COC is looking to feature a car show in this street fair. The Citibank parking lot on the corner of Mineola Boulevard and 2nd Street is being considered by the COC, Ford said.
The fair would be located in two main areas in the downtown area: Main Street from First Street to Front Street, Second Street from Mineola Boulevard to the new parking lot midway between Main Street and Willis Avenue and a two block area of Mineola Boulevard from Harrison Avenue to the north side of Second Street across from the bridge over the railroad tracks.
Traffic coming north over the railroad bridge would be able to make a left turn and go left onto Second Street towards Winthrop. Southbound traffic on Mineola Boulevard would have to make a turn on Harrison Avenue to avoid the area.
Ford said he has already been in touch a representative with the MTA regarding bus stops in that area and according to the representative, Ford said when there’s a secure date and time frame, the MTA would send appropriate paperwork to “reschedule the buses around those stops.”