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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Stepping Out
Ushering in fall at Bellmore’s Family Street Festival
Annual event delights young and old
By Karen Bloom
Susan Grieco/Herald
Fair-goers always find thrills at the carnival, a major attraction at the annual Bellmore Family Street Festival, which opens Sept. 19.

Bellmore is ready to welcome thousands of area residents to its grand yearly celebration that is a staple of the fall festival season. The Bellmore Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the festival, has put together a community event that has gained acclaim as the largest event of its kind in Nassau County.
This year’s extravaganza offers plenty of activities for all ages and interests, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., at the Bellmore LIRR Station and Sunrise Highway in downtown Bellmore Village. And, of course, it includes the colorful carnival, which begins Thursday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m., and runs continuously all weekend until the festival’s closing.
Over 250 exhibits and attractions are featured in a 25-square block area, drawing over 120,000 visitors each year. From traditional street fair activities and shopping to civic, business, and health and wellness services, the fair combines amusements with access to vital community resources.
“Our festival is the biggest on Long Island,” said Debby Izzo, Chamber of Commerce president, who is the owner of the Dirty Dawg in Bellmore. “We proudly show off to all who come what Bellmore has to offer. There are a number of terrific mom and pop shops within Bellmore Village and we continually promote and support the shop local campaign in Nassau County.”
“We also try to have a wide variety of entertainment for all ages, with exhibitions by local dance centers, a magic show this year, and bands of various genres. We have something for the whole family to enjoy. We are also very proud of our craft area, which showcases all handmade goods. And, of course, we have restaurants, food vendors, and a food court with tables and chairs that provide a great relaxation spot. We want everyone to enjoy themselves, but we do ask that people please abide by our no alcohol rule, and also leave pets at home for their safety.”

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