Bigger and More Diverse, Mahopac Street Fair Returns

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By Arthur Cusano

Thousands will hit the streets of Mahopac Sunday for the 13th Annual Mahopac Street Fair, presented by the Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce.

The fair kicks off at 11 a.m. and runs until around 5 p.m. It will feature a wide variety of local businesses and organizations, said Greater Mahopac- Carmel Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mike Bucci.

“You’ll find ice cream, hot dogs, Italian food, handbags, security companies, lending banks looking to build new relationships and people selling Tupperware,” Bucci said. “You’ll meet realtors, dance companies, marinas – people with a product to sell, a service to offer and people who have established a great brand already that want to reinforce it in a very big small town.”

The event is also family-friendly, with rides, raffles, games, face painting and a free movie at 6:30 p.m. Bucci credited street fair committee co-chairs Dominic Zecca of Alesca Productions and John

Iorio of Fun Time Amusements for helping to make this year’s event bigger and more diverse than ever.

“It used to be just our merchant showcase, but now we have DJ music down the street for a half mile thanks to Pozzitiv Productions. It’s going to be like Disney world where you no matter where you go there will be music.”

Non-profit organizations such as the Putnam Women’s Resource Center and Relay for Life will also have booths to help build awareness, Bucci said.

The fair will also coincide with the Columbus Day Parade, sponsored once again by the Italian American Club of Mahopac. The parade steps off at 2 p.m. and features local fire and police departments, elected officials and scout troops.

“The parade attracts thousands of people with the street fair, so it’s a perfect marriage of community events,” Bucci said. “People come for the parade, and before and afterwards they’ll come and eat great food, meet the local professionals in their area and men and women from companies in the area that provide services to the community.”

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