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Thousands spend day at Hicksville festival

Balloon animals were another feature for kids to

Balloon animals were another feature for kids to enjoy at the Hicksville Street Fair. (July 24, 2011) Credit: Frank Posillico

Nicole Clark, 4, sits in the gazebo in Kennedy Memorial Park on Sunday, tiara in her hair and her sister, Jessica, 2, by her side. Their father watches on as they have a caricature drawn.

“I’m enjoying it,” said Robert Clark, 47, of Levittown. “Even though its so hot, it’s beautiful everybody’s having a great time, it’s free, what else can you want?”

On one of the hottest weekends of the year, the Clark family was among thousands of people who took came out for an afternoon of music, games and food at the annual Hicksville Street Fair.

The daylong fair closed off part of Jerusalem Avenue on Sunday near Kennedy Memorial Park. The locals could find over 100 local vendors selling food from all over the world, rides and games for the kids, live music and even a booth that had water pouring down for people to cool off.

“It started nine years ago and it’s grown and grown and grown since then,” said Lionel J. Chitty, president of the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce. “The word’s gotten out, so people come from all over the place.”

Chitty, who also runs the fair, said they have twice as many vendors as last year and the fair keeps getting bigger each year. He said he expected about 9,000 people throughout the day.

“There’s a little bit of everything, from sand art to free giveaways to chamber members peddling their wares,” Chitty said. “We’ve got the elected officials trying to educate people on things, religious organizations; you name it we got it here today.”

But for Robert Clark the day is about one thing -- his kids.

“I’m having a great time with my children, with these kids,” he said as he picked up his youngest daughter. “That’s what life's about.”

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