Up Next: the Merrick Fall Festival

The Merrick Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival will be held Friday through Sunday, September 25, 26 and 27. It’s a great chance to not only catch up with friends and neighbors, but to check out all the local businesses and services that Merrick has to offer.

From a variety of retail shops, business/medical professionals and community organizations, so many will be on display, sharing information about what services they offer. Get a taste of the town from many of Merrick’s restaurants, who’ll be cooking up a storm all weekend.

Friday night the annual event opens with rides on the carnival midway. Saturday and Sunday the street fair closes down Merrick Avenue from West Loines Avenue (at RS Jones/Purick Park), south to Sunrise Highway. Proceeds from this annual event go towards lighting up the town during the holiday season.

calhounchoirCalhoun’s vaunted choir will begin the fair on Saturday morning

The opening ceremony will take place on the showmobile (11 a.m. on Saturday) at the intersection of Smith Street and Merrick Avenue, with a performance by the Calhoun Choir under the direction of Sanford Sardo.

The Merrick Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival has grown over the years and is now a must-stop for many crafters and artisans from all over the east coast. Be sure to stop by and check out many of the unique items available for sale.

Carnival rides by Newton Shows and live entertainment will be ongoing throughout the weekend. Local musicians, dance schools, stage productions, martial arts exhibitions and a magic show will perform at two locations: the Town of Hempstead showmobile, located on Merrick Avenue and at the gazebo at the LIRR station. Performances by bands include Baddog, Saturday,12 noon; Jim and Chuck, Saturday 1 p.m.; The Parade, Sunday, 12 noon; and Playback, 3 p.m. Live music will also be performed at the north part of the fair sponsored by RS Jones Restaurant.

Commuters should note that LIRR parking will be limited, beginning Wednesday, September 23.

So much fun is planned, and more is being scheduled. Stay tuned to the Merrick Chamber of Commerce Facebook (facebook.com/merrickchamber) page for updates, changes and more information. You can also get more info at www.merrickchamber.org by email merrickchamber@aol.com. Or call 771-1171.

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