Shop Til You Drop! Boardwalk Fair Returns

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 Grab your wallet, the Super Boardwalk Street Fair is back! This weekend, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 will be the first of three boardwalk vendor fairs this summer from Long Island Street Fairs. The event will feature more than 50 vendors selling unique products and services.

For the fourth summer in a row, Alan Finchley of Long Island Street Fairs, is bringing this shopping extravaganza back to the boardwalk. The fair is expected to take place in the vicinity of Beach 86th to Beach 97th Street and will feature several unique vendors. “Our vendors consist of three basic populations: craft vendors who hand make their own unique items, gift vendors who sell items they have personally handpicked and service vendors who offer home and lifestyle information, ” Finchley said, adding that the products are unique to the area. “We have vendors that don’t compete with local shopping in the surrounding area. ”

Finchley, who grew up in Rockaway and now resides in Long Island, is a longtime craft vendor himself as a jewelry designer. After retiring in 2006, he received an invitation from the Nassau County Parks Department to start a series of craft shows in their parks. Finchley started the first Long Island Street Fairs show in 2008 and the company now offers 30 different events around Long Island and Rockaway, making Finchley’s company the largest producer of street fairs in Long Island. In the summer of 2013, he brought the event to Rockaway to bring attention to the peninsula after it was devastated by Sandy. “I got an invitation from the Parks Department and local civic associations as they felt Rockaway was ready to showcase a small event with the potential to grow and needed something to cast a positive light on the community after what happened, ” he said. “I also grew up in Rockaway. It’s my favorite place and I know it well, which is why I was happy to accept the invitation. ”

Finchley says the fair is a good way to show how Rockaway has changed for the better, while providing people with a unique shopping experience. “We want visitors to see that Rockaway has changed and it’s growing and we wanted to bring an event here that can be appreciated by local Rockaway residents. They love the fact that they can get quality items that are unique at recognizable savings. They can’t get this stuff on Beach 116th or Beach 129th or at nearby malls. It’s an opportunity to meet some crafty people, gift vendors and those in the service industry all in one place, ” he said. “Come experience the new boardwalk, which is just one spectacular part of the Rockaway renaissance with a safe, beautiful, informal, alternative shopping experience that you can only get for a limited amount of time. ”

Vendors are still welcome to join this weekend’s fair or any others throughout the summer. Applications and information for vendors can be found at www.longislandstreetfairs.com. If you cant make this weekend’s fair, don’t fret. There are two more coming later in the summer on July 30 and 31 and again on August 20 and 21. Check out the website or call 516-442-6000 for more info.

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