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Summer Fair Hits East Hampton’s Herrick Park

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 12:36

The East Hampton Chamber of Commerce will hold its first summer street fair in East Hampton Village’s Herrick Park on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival by having bands perform songs that were played there.

More than 50 booths showcasing the work of South Fork artisans, the wares of shopkeepers, and information from nonprofit and political groups will be stationed throughout the park.

Food available for purchase will include wood-fired pizza, tacos, handmade pretzels, and gourmet chocolate-covered ice cream sandwiches.

A play area for children will be larger than at previous fairs, said Steven Ringel, the chamber’s executive director. In addition to the traditional bounce house and rock-climbing wall, there will be a large obstacle course made up of inflatable objects, an inflatable archery range, inflatable ax throwing, and lawn hockey overseen by the Buckskill Tennis Club.

Kids will also be able to create artworks and tie-dye T-shirts and bags. 

The chamber’s spring fair, which was held in May on a closed-down Newtown Lane, had been criticized by storeowners for detracting from business.

In an effort to use the summer fair to provide an economic boost to the village, Mr. Ringel said, the chamber, in partnership with the Discover Long Island tourism bureau, will have a Discover the Hamptons station to showcase the year-round activities and attractions on the South Fork. A concierge will be on hand to highlight special deals offered by hotels and other businesses here.

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