Written by Brendan Reardon Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00
Post Avenue’s proud businesses were joined by a bevy of street vendors, local government officials and religious and community organizations to promote the community and a healthy local economy. Each year the fair attracts locals and out-of-towners alike with an eclectic mix of merchandise, delicious food, fun and games.
Dawn Blinn, executive director of BID, said that the fair is “great exposure for businesses in the district” and that both fledgling and struggling businesses can really benefit from the limelight.
Joe’s Deli was teeming with hungry fair-goers while the clinking of glasses and laughter could be heard from within Friar’s Tavern. Some shoppers donned new scarves and T-shirts and others left with potted plants from the Carle Place Garden Center. As an appropriate precaution for the coming season, the professionals at CVS were distributing flu shots.
There was no shortage of attractions for the kids. For the ambitious young adventurers there was a giant caterpillar tunnel, obstacle course and a plunge down a colossal inflatable slide. A petting zoo, abound with animals that run the gamut from alpacas and sheep to red-footed tortoises and bearded dragons, was among the most popular attractions for the younger crowd.
Mayor Peter Cavallaro was available all day for any questions or for a simple meet and greet. He, like Blinn, is an ardent supporter of local business.
“A lot of improvements have been made to the community over the past 10 years,” said Cavallaro, adding that the new Westbury Performing Arts Center, due to open later this year, will bring more life and activity to Post Avenue.
The continued success of the annual fair is a strong indicator of good things to come for Post Avenue and the Westbury community. The fair was just one of several events that the BID sponsored throughout the weekend, including a casino night Friday and an Oktoberfest-style gathering on Sunday. The BID also had a carnival complete with rides set up throughout the weekend in the village’s commuter parking lot.
Also in attendance were Westbury/Carle Place Chamber of Commerce, Westbury Fire Department and Nassau County Police Department Third Precinct.
For more information, visit www.westburybid.org.