Children's rides, a variety of live entertainment, a bluegrass music festival, and 100-plus vendors - including restaurants, shops, and craftspeople - will transform Raymond Avenue in the Town of Poughkeepsie into the 16th annual Arlington Street Fair on Saturday, September 19, from 12:00 to 6:00pm, rain or shine. Admission to the fair is free. The fair stretches on Raymond Avenue from Collegeview Avenue to the Eastbound Arterial Highway (Route 44/55).
"The main purpose for this annual fair is to welcome new and current residents, merchants, students, and families to the Arlington neighborhood," Bob Legacy, director of the Arlington Business Improvement District. "It is about revitalization, but it's also a chance to come together as a community and have fun." The fair is co-sponsored by the Arlington Business Improvement District, Vassar College, Vassar Student Association, and I Heart Radio of the Hudson Valley.
Children's activities located at the former elementary school on Raymond Avenue will include carnival and inflatable rides. The 100 plus vendors lining Raymond Avenue will offer selections from local shops, crafts, and restaurants, including a variety of ethnic cuisines.
The fair will have two entertainment areas: one featuring a bluegrass festival and another showcasing local musicians. Bands to be featured include: Stark Raven, The Ramblers, Ann Teed and the Attaboys, Sheila Dee and the dazzlers, Pure Joy, The Spin Cycles and Musical Misses. The Vassar student "Barefoot Monkeys" circus arts group will also perform at the fair, as will a variety of people representing civic and non-profit organizations.
Parking for the Arlington Street Fair will be available at the Davis Avenue parking lot and the Bank of America lot on Raymond Avenue, as well as on neighboring streets.
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