The 13th annual Arlington Street Fair features book signing by Pete Seeger, NYS Chili Cook-Off, Bluegrass Festival, and much more, September 22, 2012.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Children’s rides, live entertainment, musical guests, the fourth annual state-wide Chili Cook-Off, a Bluegrass Festival, and 100 plus vendors - including restaurants, shops, and craftspeople - will transform Raymond Avenue into the 13th annual Arlington Street Fair on Saturday, September 22. In addition, there will be a book signing with musician, activist, and Hudson Valley treasure Pete Seeger from 1:00-3:00pm at The Three Arts Bookstore on Collegeview Avenue. Admission to the fair is free with events scheduled throughout the day from 12:00 to 6:00pm. The fair reaches from Collegeview Avenue to the Eastbound Arterial (Rte 44/55). All monies raised will go to support local charities.

“The main purpose for this annual fair is to welcome new and current residents, merchants, students, and families back for a new year. It is about creating energy for the common good, and it is also about having lots of fun!” remarked Andrew Meade, Director of International Services at Vassar and chair of Arlington Special Events. “However this year we are also remembering the man who shepherded the fair for all these years, Bob Raisch. Bob died last year and we are dedicating this year’s fair to his honor.”

The Arlington Street Fair will take place, rain or shine, and will open at 11:30am with a dedication ceremony to Bob Raisch with Mike Gordon of Zimmer Brothers as master of ceremonies and vocalist Elisa Benford who will sing the national anthem at at the intersection of Raymond and Collegeview Avenues.

From 1:00 to 3:00pm at The Three Arts bookstore (3 Collegeview Ave), Pete Seeger will be signing copies of Pete Seeger in His Own Words, edited by Rob and Sam Rosenthal. This collection of Seeger’s writings is drawn from a wide array of sources, including letters, notes to himself, published articles, rough drafts, stories, and poetry.

Once again there will be two stages for entertainment at the Fair. On the north stage (across from the Arthur S. May Elementary School), Joe Daily of Clear Channel will be the master of ceremonies for acts that include talent from Arlington Middle School; Vassar College, including a capella, dance groups, and the Barefoot Monkeys circus arts group; Ann Teed and other community performers. The Bluegrass Festival, presented by the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association, will take place on a second stage at Garden Arts Space (located between Zorona Restaurant and The Crafted Kup).

Sponsored by Stop ’n Shop, The New York State Chili Cook-Off will be the final qualifying event for the World’s Championship Cook-Off in Charleston, WV (10/5-7). Entrants for the New York State Chili Cook-Off will be drawn from throughout the region, including restaurants and individuals. From 12:00 to 4:00pm, fair visitors may select their favorite for the People’s Choice Award. There will be 25-30 judges for the cook-off – public figures, local celebrities, business people, and students – who will taste entries in the three categories: red chili, green (verde) chili, and salsa. For additional information or to enter, email Andrew Meade at or visit the International Chili Society website. (More than $1800 in prize money. Net proceeds from the cook-off will benefit local charities.)
The 100 plus vendors will line Raymond Avenue offering selections from local shops and crafts as well as restaurants offering cuisines from around the world. There will be something for the whole family to choose from.

The chili cook-off, some entertainment, and children’s activities (children’s rides, a fingerprinting unit from the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department, as well as other events) will be located to the north on Raymond Avenue by the Arthur S. May Elementary School. The Arlington Fire Department’s Smoke House and a First Aid station will be located on LaGrange and Raymond Avenues.  

Parking for the fair will be available at the Davis Avenue lot, the Prime Financial lot on Raymond Avenue, as well as neighboring streets and avenues.
The Arlington Street Fair sponsors include the Arlington Business Improvement District, Vassar College, Vassar Student Association, and Fidelis Care, DRA Imaging, and TEG Federal Credit Union.

To keep up-to-date with news of the fair and Arlington, including the Raymond Avenue Car Show on Saturday, October 6, visit the Arlington Business Improvement District website at and/or “like” the Arlington Street Fair and the Arlington Business Improvement District on Facebook. To keep up with news of the college, go to and/or “like” Vassar on Facebook and follow on Twitter.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Sunday, September 9, 2012