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The Arlington (Poughkeepsie) Street Fair This Weekend!

  |   September 20, 2011  |  Comment

Carnival rides, live entertainment, musical guests, the third annual state-wide Chili Cook-Off, and 100 plus vendors – including restaurants, shops, and craftspeople – will transform Raymond Avenue into the 12th annual Arlington Street Fair. New this year will be a Bluegrass Festival, presented by the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association, on a second stage at Garden Arts Space (located between Zorona Restaurant and The Crafted Kup). Admission to the fair is free with events scheduled throughout the day from 12:00 to 6:00pm. The fair reaches from Collegeview Avenue to the Eastbound Arterial (Rte 44/55). All monies raised will go to support local charities.

“The main purpose for this annual fair continues to be to welcome new and current residents, merchants, students, and families back for a new year,” remarked Andrew Meade, Director of International Services at Vassar and chair of Arlington Special Events.  “It is about creating energy for the common good, and it is also about having lots of fun!”

The Arlington Street Fair will take place, rain or shine, and will open at noon on Saturday, September 24. The chili cook-off, some entertainment, and children’s activities (carnival and inflatable rides, a fingerprinting unit from the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department, as well as other events) will be located to the north on Raymond Avenue by the Arthur S. May School.

The 100 plus vendors will line Raymond Avenue offering selections from local shops, crafts, and restaurants. The Arlington Fire Department’s Smoke House and a First Aid station will be located on LaGrange Avenue at Raymond Avenue.

The Arlington Street Fair will present area restaurants offering cuisines from around the world – there will be something for the whole family to choose from. The entertainment will feature Vassar’s Barefoot Monkeys circus arts group, performers from the Arlington School District, and a mélange of others.

The New York State Chili Cook-Off, once again featured at the fair, will be the final qualifying event for the World’s Championship Cook-Off in Manchester, NH. Entrants are drawn from throughout the region. From 12:00 to 4:00pm, fair visitors may select their favorite for the People’s Choice Award. The chief judge will be Steve Falkowski, the 1997 World Chili Champion. There will be 25-30 other judges for the cook-off – public figures, local celebrities, business people, and students – who will taste entries in the three categories: red chili, green (verde) chili, and salsa. For additional information or to enter, email Steve and Audrey Falkowski at [email protected] or visit the International Chili Society website: http://www.chilicookoff.com. (More than $1800 in prize money. Net proceeds from the cook-off will benefit local charities.)

Parking for the fair will be available at the Davis Avenue lot, the Prime Financial lot on Raymond Avenue, as well as neighboring streets and avenues.

The Arlington Street Fair sponsors include the Arlington Business Improvement District, Vassar College, Vassar Student Association, and Clear Channel Radio of the Hudson Valley. Sponsors for the New York State Chili Cook-Off include TEG Federal Credit Union, Stop & Shop Supermarkets, and Fidelis Care.

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