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Pelham Street Fair Draws Thousands

PELHAM, N.Y. – Pelham’s Fifth Avenue was bustling with activity Sunday as the Chamber of Commerce kicked off its annual street fair.

The Pelham Street Fair, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., was expected to draw as many as 20,000 people to downtown Pelham, said event coordinator Darryl Walker.

“It brings people to Pelham,” Dave Katz, vice president of the Chamber of Commerce, said. “It makes everyone realize the town that we have here.  It’s not about what’s in the stores, it’s about the town itself.”

Police closed Fifth Avenue to traffic from Lincoln Avenue to First Avenue for the fair, which included 140 vendors, three bands and a disc jockey. For children, the Chamber of Commerce provided free bouncy castles, but parents could also pay for activities such as face painting and sand art.

“Oh, I come every year,” Ruth Elliott said as she sat in the shade with her 4-year-old son. “I like the food, the crafts and buying different things.  It’s just fun for the whole family.”

A car show, hosted by Moonlight Cruisers of Eastchester, was held on Harmon Avenue. The car show included its own musical entertainment and raised money for The Danny Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides financial, emotional and advocacy support for the families of children in Westchester County and the Bronx who are suffering from catastrophic illness or injury.

“We come here every year, because it means something,” said Moonlight Cruisers President Basil Ciampi, who is a longtime Pelham resident and is highly involved in The Danny Fund. “It’s a phenomenal show, the people are great, and it’s close to home, close to the heart.”

Local food vendors also came out for the street fair, including Pelham Pizza and Ristorante, which served pizza and sandwiches among other things.

“It’s fun to see the customers, and we make special zeppoles and garlic knots just for the fair,” owner Rose Ruffolo said.

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