Hundreds of local residents looking for a good time with a flavor of the past found that and more Saturday at Mattituck’s 39th annual Old Fashioned Street Fair.
From the tangy taste of pickles and lemonade to the earthy smells of wood crafts and scented candles, the intersection of Love Lane and Pike Street was bustling with something for everyone. More than 150 vendors from across Long Island — the most ever for the fair, organizers said — set up shop in the North Fork community for the event.
Joy Glas, 63, of Coram, proprietor of the Rocky Point business “Pickle Packin’ Papa,” had sold dozens of her wide assortment of pickles halfway through the fair.
Glas, affectionately referred to as “The Pickle Lady” by walk-up customers and the event’s organizers, said she has seen the fair grow and change dramatically in the 32 years she has taken part in it.
“It’s crazy; it’s very built-up, but in a good way,” she said. “And the people who organize it are really nice — they really care about the vendors.”
“I can now admit I was nervous it was going to rain,” said Terry McShane, president of the Mattituck Chamber of Commerce, laughing as looming storm clouds passed with barely a drizzle.
Proceeds from the fair go to local scholarships, beautification projects and programs for Mattituck businesses, said McShane, who added that the fair is a great way for businesses and vendors to generate commercial activity in the community.
For local residents, the fair was a chance not only to enjoy the food and music and shop for crafts, but also to catch up with old friends.
“This is a quintessential North Fork event. It’s all about family,” said Michelle Weir, 45, of Cutchogue.
She and her family have been coming to the fair for years. “It’s a place where you can see people, friends you haven’t seen in a long time . . . it’s like the biggest block party,” she said.
When Weir’s son Luke, 7, won the annual Little Mr. Mattituck contest, the family was ecstatic.
Luke, who said he wants to be in the Air Force like his father, Glyn Weir, 46, wasn’t the only big winner on Saturday. Livia Perrin, 7, of Mattituck, won the Little Miss Mattituck contest.
“I actually thought I probably wasn’t going to win, but I did and I’m really happy,” said Livia, who wants to run for president when she grows up.
“I’m very proud of her,” said her father, David Perrin, 41, of Mattituck. “It’s a fun event, a great day for the whole family.”