Tenth annual Arlington Street Fair will be celebrated on September 26, 2009.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Carnival rides, live entertainment, musical guests, a state-wide Chili Cook-Off, and 100 plus vendors, including restaurants, shops, and craftspeople, will transform three blocks of Raymond Avenue—from Collegeview Avenue to the Eastbound Arterial (Rte 44/55)—into the tenth annual Arlington Street Fair. Admission to the fair is free with events scheduled from 12 to 6pm (see below). All monies raised will go to support local charities.

The sponsors include the Arlington Business Improvement District, Vassar College, Vassar Student Association, and Clear Channel Radio of the Hudson Valley.

“With the revitalization of the Arlington area in the Town of Poughkeepsie, we really have a lot to celebrate this year,” remarked Andrew Meade, Director of International Services and Special Projects at Vassar. “In past years, we’ve seen thousands people – families, students, and area residents—attend the fair and hope that 5000 or more people may attend this year as well.”

The fair will take place, rain or shine, and will open at noon with a ribbon cutting in celebration of the revitalized Arlington area.

There will be a large tent for entertainment by the Arlington Post Office and an open air dance floor at the Arthur S. May School. In addition, there will be carnival rides, a bounce ‘n fun, and other events for children at the school parking lot. The 100 plus vendors will line Raymond Avenue and will offer selections from local shops, craftspeople, and cuisine.

In fact, among the highlight of a visit to the Arlington is the wide-variety of restaurants represented in this area. The Poughkeepsie Journal just recognized that visiting Arlington could be seen as “a culinary trip around the world.” With the Arlington Street Fair, additional restaurants and cuisines will be represented, and there will be something to choose from for the whole family.

Another note of celebration this year, according to Meade, is that the annual chili cook-off has hit the big time and is now the New York State Chili Cook-Off.

“This is the final qualifying event for the World’s Championship Cook-Off in Charleston, WV, and we expect entrants from throughout the area as well as some who may be traveling here from quite a distance in order to qualify for the world championship,” Meade noted. 

There will be 30 judges for the cook-off – public figures, local celebrities, business people, and students – who will taste entries in the three categories: chili, chili verde, and salsa. For additional information or to enter, email Steve and Audrey Falkowski at or visit the International Chili Society website.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Entertainment Schedule:

The VSA Dance Floor (by the Arthur S. May School)

12:20om     Barefoot Monkeys
12:40pm     Aikido
1:00pm       M*Power Dance Team
1:30pm       The Body Electric Afrofunk Band
2:00pm       The Facts and Figures
2:30pm       Belly Dancing by Sarah
3:15pm       Camerata
3:30pm       The Night Owls
4:00pm       The Vassar Fly People
4:30pm       NY State Chili Awards
5:00pm       Matthew’s Minstrels

The Big Tent (by the Arlington Post Office)

12:00pm     Ribbon Cutting
                  with Arlington BID President Michael Gordon, Vassar President Catharine
                  Hill, and Vice President for Finance and Administration Elizabeth Eismeier
                  (Raymond & Collegeview Avenues) 
12:15pm     Steve Johnson magic act
1:00pm       Arlington Middle School performers
1:45pm       Helen Avakian
3:00pm       Trump Dummies
4:00pm       Let’s Jam Band
5:00pm       Vassar College A Cappella
                  (Featuring Air Cappella, the Vassar Devils, and Broadway A Cappella)

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, August 11, 2009