A great weekend to be in Woodhaven
by Ed Wendell
Oct 11, 2016 | 5811 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This weekend is a great one to be in Woodhaven, with several free events you can bring the entire family to.

This Saturday, October 15, the annual Fall Festival sponsored by Councilman Eric Ulrich and the Parks Department will take place from noon until 3 p.m. on the softball courts at Victory Field (Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive).

Every year this event gets bigger and bigger. There are many different kinds of rides, including bounce houses, wall climbing, and last year they even had a mechanical bull for people to ride.

The Fall Festival also has puppet shows and face painting and other arts and craft activities for the kids. But the highlight of the event is the Pumpkin Patch Maze. In that, kids will wander through a straw-covered maze, looking for that perfect pumpkin they can bring home and decorate.

A word to the wise: get there early and make sure you hit the pumpkin patch first. It’s a very popular attraction in an event that’s becoming super popular. If you have any questions, call Ulrich’s district office at (718) 738-1083.

The following day, Sunday, October 16, sees the return of one of the biggest fairs in New York City: the 36th Annual Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival, sponsored by the Woodhaven Business Improvement District and the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation.

Known locally as “The Street Fair,” this event runs along Jamaica Avenue from Woodhaven Boulevard to 80th Street and from noon until 6 p.m.

It’s one long fun parade, with rides and music and a ton of different vendors selling all sorts of things. It seems like every year we go to the street fair promising ourselves that we won’t buy anything, but we end up seeing things we didn’t know we needed. Next thing you know, our arms are full.

And then, of course, there’s the food. Sausages, zeppoles, funnel cakes, corn dogs, empanadas, shish-kabobs and more will be on sale at different points along the fair. I’m not going to pretend that any of this stuff is good for you, but it all sure tastes good.

And also on Sunday, the East Coast Car Association will be holding their annual Fall Festival Car Show at the parking lot of the Seuffert Bandshell along Forest Park Drive in Forest Park. The show runs all day until 3 p.m. and admission is free.

You’ll see around 100 classic automobiles of all shapes, sizes and colors. Even if you are not a car buff, you will definitely enjoy the nostalgia of seeing cars that were built when cars were designed to look good.

Check out the classic insides of these cars and tell me you wouldn’t trade that interior for the bland, antiseptic interiors of today’s cars.

Throughout the year, the East Coast Car Association raises money from car shows held all over Queens, and each November they hold a Toy Run starting from the bandshell and ending at St. Mary's Healthcare System for Children in Bayside.

Since they began in 1999, the East Coast Car Association has donated over $112,000 to St. Mary's.

These are three great events worthy of your attention. We hope you’ll make it out to at least one, if not all three.

One of the great things about attending these kinds of events in Woodhaven is getting to see all of your friends and neighbors. This weekend is a showcase for the kind of small-town events that Woodhaven has always done so well.

On a side note, the next Woodhaven Town Hall sponsored by the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association will be held this Thursday, October 13, at 7 p.m., at American Legion Post 118, 89-02 91st Street (behind PS 60).

With Election Day looming just a month from now, the WRBA is presenting a forum featuring the candidates who want to represent most of Woodhaven in the State Senate, incumbent Joe Addabbo and challengerMichael Conigliaro, and to represent all of Woodhaven in the Assembly, incumbent Mike Miller and challenger Joseph Maldonado.

We hope to see you there.

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