The POB Chamber of Commerce’s 6th annual Fall Festival on October 1st kicked it up a notch this year with more alluring merchandise, more tasty food choices,
animal rescue opportunities and children’s craft stations to keep the little ones active. The awesome autumn weather drew throngs of delighted families and friends to the POB Library parking lot filled with over 90 vendors and attractions for hours of enjoyment.
A new festival promoter, Preferred Promotions, secured well known craftspeople who sold handmade jewelry, pillows, woodwork and other unique items throughout the day. Chamber members, typically re local business people, reported a steady flow of traffic at their booths. Many were loyal sponsors who provide the foundation for the popular community event. (See the list below)
In addition to fun shopping, Preferred Promotions also brought in fun food this year. Hungry festival goers lined up at two food trucks, Rosie’s Grilled Cheese and Gorilla, for delicious sandwiches and other fare. The two pickle vendors were magnets – with one reportedly selling out of 300 pounds of product. Ice cream cones from the iconic Mr. Softee truck dotted the aisles. Even some of the dogs from the Southampton Animal Rescue wanted a lick! Their van was a popular stop for all age groups with “Molly” and “Chief,” rescued from hurricane ravaged Florida, beckoning attention.
The soundtrack of the festival was homegrown: A seamless lineup of entertainment included performances from Strut Your Stuff, the Plainview PAL Cheerleaders, and two of POB’s well regarded martial arts academies, Busto’s and Imperial Taekwondo and Fitness. There was plenty of drama too with performances by the POB JFK High School Drama Cadets and the talented actors from Cultural Arts Playhouse.
“Our chamber’s motto really sums up what we are all about; we are an organization of local business people who live, work and play here,” Chamber President Elan Wurtzel stated. “Our members work hard to make Plainview-Old Bethpage a special place throughout the year, and the Fall Festival enables us to extend our reach and connect with our entire community for one exceptional day each year.”
Exceptional can also be used to describe the total funds raised at the festival for the chamber’s current “adopted” charity, SNAP (Special Needs Autism Program). Via the chamber’s dedicated raffle, $1200 will benefit SNAP, which provides enhanced programs for POB school district children with special needs. Camp Apollo founder George Rosenbaum had the lucky guess to win the chamber’s coin jar portion of the raffle. (In case you’re wondering: $115.27.) Generous local business owners and others donated exciting prizes to the chamber’s spinning wheel game. Especially notable was Coliseum Kitchen owner Ralph Galdorisi, who donated a generous number of free meal cards to fortunate winners.
“The festival committee and the chamber board are grateful for the outpouring of support from the business community; from individuals to our mom and pop establishments to the big companies,” said a grateful Fred Morante, Festival Chairman. “You can’t have a successful event like this without a cast of many. We appreciate all the support from library director Gretchen Browne and her staff, all the festival committee members and volunteers, and especially from our sponsors who really make it all possible. We can’t wait to do it all again next year!”
GOLD SPONSOR -- TD BANK
- Law Offices of Elan Wurtzel, P.C.
- State Farm Insurance – Ned Marzigliano Agency • ProHEALTH Urgent Care • Str8Smiles Orthodontics – Michael A. Goldman, DMD • Astoria Bank • Northwell Health – Plainview and Syosset Hospitals • STAT Health • NYCB – Roslyn Savings Bank
- Seniors Helping Seniors
- Favorite Gift Baskets
- SERVPRO of Hicksville/Plainview
- Tutor Doctor
- Straight Forward Media
- Mid-Island Y JCC
- Attitude Financial Advisors
- Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and School • Melani's Moods • Beechwood Organization • Law Office of Laurel Scarr-Konel • Optix Family Eyecare • Dona Malter Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage • L & M Party Productions • Angel Cepeda for County Legislator • The Family Wellness Center • Yard Smart Lawn Care • Hidden Smiles Orthodontics • Plainview Mailroom • Legislator Arnold Drucker • Mathnasium - Plainview / Hicksville
- Spectacular Eyewear
- Dr. Steven M. Riess Chiropractor
- Somerset Gardens Senior Living
- Regent Investigations Corp
- Mill Brook Travel
- Caring Transitions of Long Island
- ACG Telecom (A service of Atlantic Computer Group, Inc.) • Strut Your Stuff of Plainview • Bethpage Federal Credit Union