August 28, 2013 | 1245 views
Street fair plans take shape
Last year’s first-ever Valley Stream Community Fest on Rockaway Avenue was a big success, with thousands of people flocking to the downtown business district and local store owners and community groups on full display.
Now, in preparation for this year’s festival on Sept. 28, event organizers say there’s even more anticipation. “It feels people are even more excited this year than last,” said David Sabatino, president of Envision Valley Stream and head of the festival’s organizing committee. “The build up for the second year is much greater and we’ve been working very hard to make it a nice event.”
There will be several new additions to this year’s festival including a classic car show and an actual-size bowling lane. Rockville Centre Lanes will be assembling a lane the morning of the festival, starting at one of the intersections on Rockaway Avenue and running down a side street.
There are also some new businesses and community groups involved in this year’s event, including more Rockaway Avenue merchants. Sabatino said giving those businesses exposure was one of the reasons the festival was created. In the not-too-distant future, Sabatino said he hopes every Rockaway Avenue business will partake.
As festival-goers walk up and down Rockaway Avenue, there will be plenty of food options. Many eateries will have tables and chairs set up outside so people can enjoy the food and the festival simultaneously.
The members of the planning committee who organized last year’s event are all back to help out again, and Jim Zabatta, vice president of the Valley Stream Lions Club, was also added to the team. Zabatta is using his experience planning classic car shows for the Lions Club to bring one to the festival.
Zabatta said he is hoping for 50 to 75 classic cars to be on display. The car show will be set up in a parking lot alongside the train trestle, just west of Rockaway Avenue.
As a lifelong Valley Stream resident and avid volunteer, Zabatta said he wanted to continue to give back to his community. He offered his services to Sabatino and the organizing committee following last year’s festival and was taken up on his offer.