Sunday afternoon there was absolutely no rain to hamper the annual Mineola street fair, not even a short rain delay to put a damper on the 2013 festivities along Mineola Boulevard, Second Street and the surrounding areas.
This year approximately 90 businesses consisting of local merchants and outside vendors took spots along the closed-off streets, approximately 15 percent more than had participated in 2012 according to Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.
Instead of a petting zoo, a pony ride was available this year for children to experience. Stages were also set up at the intersections of Mineola Boulevard and First Street and on Second Street and Main Street with numerous live musical acts including Karl “Big Daddy” Reamer & the Bulldogs’s, “A Side of Darkness,” and the Bayside-based band “Signs and Symptoms” as well.
Greene said that there were about the same number of musical acts this year “but more of a diversity” and “a lot more younger kids came out and showed their abilities. I think it gives us a good showcase for something like that.”
The chamber usually expects between 25,000 to 30,000 people in the area, with many stores setting up booths as well as outdoor displays and dining options.
“It’s as much or more than last year,” Greene said. “It’s a nice large crowd, the businesses all joined in, I think we had more participation.”