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Variety on display at Sayville’s Summerfest

On Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017 Sayville hosted day two of its annual three-day Summerfest festival, where local vendors and performers gather to share their art and celebrate summer.  Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger

Longtimers and newbies at Saturday’s Summerfest in Sayville found a variety of attractions — from psychic readings to a Venus flytrap display to handmade crafts.

Asked about the annual three-day festival, Sayville native Brian Ellison said: “It’s great that this is the one thing Sayville just won’t get rid of.”

Ellison was there with his friend Sami Wilkinson, visiting from Indiana. This was Wilkinson’s first time at the festival and she said she was surprised at its size.

“I sure didn’t expect this much stuff to be around here,” Wilkinson said.

The festival hosted more than 200 different vendors.

“It’s like vendors galore. I love it,” said Lisa Polizzi of Bellport, whose band has performed at the event for several years. “I have yet to see a festival like Sayville Summerfest.”

After years of hearing about it, Nancy and Fred Ferrari of Huntington said they decided to go to the festival. They said were not disappointed.

“I am a seasoned crafter and artist, and I can tell the difference between handmade and store bought, and I love the fact that you see so much handmade here,” said Nancy Ferrari. “We need to bring handmade back.”

The Ferraris also said they got in some exercise while walking around the festival.

The festival covers several Sayville areas including Gillette Park, South Main Street, Sparrow Park and The Common Ground.

Another festival vendor was event planner L & M Party Productions of Hickville. Owner Lindsay Covello of Massapequa also runs Bridal Fest, a smaller community within Summerfest that is made up of bridal and event vendors.

“My favorite part about Summerfest is getting to meet thousands of people and introducing them to what we do by hosting the event,” said Covello. “Running the event is a pure blast.”

The festival has been hosted by the Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce for 38 years. The festival continues with a classic car show on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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