Although Southampton Town police officers did their best to keep traffic moving on County Road 39, drivers heading to the fair mixing with the regular summer evening traffic made for a messy commute on Thursday night.
Those attending the very, very important person preview at 6 p.m. still had their choice of parking. Those attending after 7:30 for the regular preview found themselves parking on side roads and parking lots west and east of the Elks Lodge, which is host to the 60,000 plus square foot tent and the 83 galleries participating this year, with quite a few from the South Fork.
The fair was colorful to say the least, with artworks and some attendees vying for the loudest visual presentation.
The opening night party benefited both Southampton Hospital and the Parrish Art Museum. The fair will be open daily through Monday. Information on hours and admission is available here.