The Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce’s Summerfest makes its triumphant return this weekend, starting Friday night at 5 p.m. on Aug. 5 and continuing through Saturday, Aug. 6 and Sunday, Aug. 7.
Current forecasts are sun-filled days with a strong summer vibe, which has chamber president Eileen Tyznar hopeful for a blowout return to one of the community’s most treasured events. “The question of success depends on if Mother Nature agrees.”
But even in the event of some rain, Tyznar has pointed out that past Summerfests have not been cancelled and were still well-attended.
The treasured carnival rides will be the element of Summerfest most affected by the weather, but will go hour by hour to determine if any shutdown is necessary.
With over a dozen rides in Gillette Park, Newton Shows will once again be bringing back the nostalgia of summer fair rides.
“We are excited to be bringing back so many favorites, from the happy swing and crazy bus for the younger riders, and the Zipper and Super Shot for the thrill-seekers!” said Mike Newton.
A pay-one-price bracelet for unlimited rides will be available for $29.95 online and $39.95 at ticket booths.
Culinary-wise, Summerfest has all the good eats for a carnival, with over 15 food vendors in attendance boasting tried-and-true festival staples like pretzels and popcorn, fried seafood, pizza, and ice cream.
For the shopper in the family who might want to get a super head start on Christmas shopping, there are over 250 vendors that will be placed along Railroad Avenue and lining Gillette Park and the Common Ground. These include personalized gifts, housewares, artwork, children’s gifts, sea-inspired merchandise, jewelry of all kinds, and dozens of more unique items.
Music lovers will have bands throughout all of Summerfest performing at both the Pamela Raymond Pavilion at the Common Ground Park and along Main Street.
Friday night, beer and wine will be available to enjoy the music as the sun sets.
Saturday morning, there will be additional street closures in south Sayville, as the annual 4-mile run will be taking place and timed by local business, Sayville Running Company.
The run is part of the Sayville Summer Series that has brought hundreds of runners from Long Island and the city to participate in the local event.
On Sunday, there will be hundreds of classic cars along Main Street (which will be closed around 7 a.m. to start lining up the vehicles). So far, over 200 cars have preregistered, and it’s estimated another 100 will come in the day of the event.
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