Paul Benjamin held a white rabbit tightly to his chest as his co-worker Ashley Smith allowed locals to pet a baby chick she held on Main Street in downtown Farmingdale.
“You get to see the joy in all the 5-year-olds’ faces when they see the animals right in the middle of their downtown area,” said Benjamin, 19, of Green Meadows Farm in Queens.
On Sunday, the Farmingdale Fire Department kicked off its first spring Street and Craft Fair on Main Street, with over 200 local vendors stretching from Prospect Street to South Front Street.
The Farmingdale Fire Department has hosted a Columbus Day fair in downtown Farmingdale for over 20 years, but this was the first time the department hosted a spring event.
“We’re a small village and we do this to keep everyone connected since that’s one of the appeals of this community,” said Chief Frank Romano of the Farmingdale Fire Department. “We were fortunate to have such amazing weather today and we hope to maybe continue doing a spring fair.”
Main Street was closed for vehicles as people walked past booths selling clothing, jewelry, pickles and more.
“The diversity of the booths just shows how great this community is with so many different cultures and ethnicities,” said Megan Feder, 12, of Melville right after she purchased a “pickle pop” from the Pickle People booth.
The fair included mostly local companies such Miss Beadsley Jewelry and Denim Rehab of Massapequa, as well as several national businesses.
“I was born and raised on Long Island and I come here for the fair because it’s the small towns that keep everything thriving,” said Donna Arigo, owner of Beautiful Cosmetics of East Meadow.
As people walked up Main Street, some greeted owners of businesses that they knew personally, while others walked their dogs and allowed them to meet other canines throughout the fair.
“We love that it brings people into town and draws attention to the vendors,” said 1st Lt. Michael DiBartolo of the Farmingdale Fire Department. “Overall, it’s just a nice day to be out here with your neighbors.”