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World record attempt falls short in East Northport

Angel Sr., Angel Jr., Sienna and Jessica Estrella

Angel Sr., Angel Jr., Sienna and Jessica Estrella do the hokey pokey during the 17th annual East Northport Festival. (Sept. 9, 2012) Credit: Alexi Knock

More than 100 people put their right hands in and put their right hands out at John Walsh Park in an attempt to break a Guinness world record for the most people dancing the hokey pokey in one place.

The dancers didn’t break the current record of more than 2,500 people, but they kept dancing anyway.

“Now my kid can say at school that he was part of a world record attempt,” said Jessica Estrella, 32, of Manhattan.

On Sunday, the 17th annual East Northport Festival ended its weekend-long activities along Larkfield Road with the hokey pokey dance.

“We were trying to come up with an idea to get more people into the park earlier. What we would like to do is have this dance grow each year,” said Sharon Moulton, executive director of the East Northport Chamber of Commerce. “I think it was successful just because seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces and getting them to come out here was exactly why we did this.”

The festival included a raffle that raised money for beautification projects in East Northport and for scholarships.

“It’s nice to see the local businesses get to have other people from outside of the community come and see what East Northport is all about,” Moulton said.

Larkfield Road near Pulaski Road was closed off to host more than 30 vendors.

Sheauwei Pidd, 27, gave hula hoop and belly dancing demonstrations throughout the day to promote Inner Spirit Yoga of East Northport.

“It’s good to be able to share this with people and show them the benefits of yoga and how it can translate into daily life,” Pidd said.

The Boy Scout Troop 52 of East Northport was selling refreshments.

“This money helps go toward our camping trips and things like that,” said Scott Arens, 16, of Troop 52. “I love going to this festival year after year -- there’s just something about it.”

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