BY ERIN MAHER
Nyack’s Famous Street Fair was in full force this past Sunday, May 20, along Main Street with various vendors, visitors, and entertainment.
This sizzling, sunny, seventy-five degree Sunday was the first of the three street fairs to be held in the village of Nyack, beginning in May and ending in October. Lining both sides of the street, 240 vendors from six states were stationed down Main Street and along Broadway. The eclectic mix of vendors show cased special handcrafted items such as wood carved cutting boards and included native businesses of Nyack, including restaurants and yoga studios. Handbags, art, and jewelry were popular tents among the usual street fair staple vendors.
The streets were packed with attendees, and there was no shortage of entertainment or fun for everyone. As parents perused the tents in search of that special gift or super sale, children had plenty to see and enjoy. Many children walked around with colorful face paint and glitter tattoos that vendors offered, and multiple inflatable bouncers were available for children’s enjoyment.
In addition to the sights, the sounds that sailed through the streets included a band that performed on the intersection of Broadway and Main, a flute player, and the usual music that is audible passing by the shops on the streets.
As the music played and guests gandered at all the sights of Nyack, there was an abundance of food on which to feast. Gyros, Thai cuisine, kettle corn, roasted nuts, and the usual festival fair of funnel cakes and fried oreos were available in addition to the row of restaurants that served plenty of customers. The warm weather, amazing ambiance and plenty of family friendly activities for the whole family to enjoy, attracted a large crowd, and often marks the beginning of the summer season for many. “I look forward to this every year, between the music, weather, and vibe, it’s the perfect way to kick off my summer,” said graduate student Maryanna Keary of Monsey, New York. Plenty of people flocked from the tristate area to partake in this exciting and engaging event.
This annual festival is sponsored by the Art, Craft, and Antiques Dealers of Nyack (ACADA, for short). ACADA is, “a group of merchants and artisans of Nyack, dedicated to promoting the unique qualities of Nyack village to the world.” The next street fairs in Nyack will be July 15, and October 7, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.