33rd Annual Ossining Village Fair Draws a Crowd of 15,000

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One of the community’s premier events of the year, the 33rd annual Ossining Village Fair, presented by the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce, recently returned to Ossining’s historic Main Street as thousands of eager fairgoers mingled, listened to music, dined, shopped and enjoyed the day. Held in conjunction with the Village’s Bicentennial Celebration, “Ossining in 3D,” more than 15,000 people attended the daylong event, which offered a wide range of vendors, food, games, rides and live entertainment.

L-R: Village Manager Richard Leins; Assistant Village Manager Christina Papes; Mary Ann Roberts, Clerk for the Town and Village of Ossining; and Stephanie Zimei, Bicentennial Volunteer

The Ossining Village Fair truly exemplifies the spirit and energy of our local businesses and wonderful community. We received a number of positive comments from fairgoers throughout the day who felt this year’s fair was the greatest yet.

One of the community’s premier events of the year, the 33rd annual Ossining Village Fair, presented by the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce, recently returned to Ossining’s historic Main Street as thousands of eager fairgoers mingled, listened to music, dined, shopped and enjoyed the day. Held in conjunction with the Village’s Bicentennial Celebration, “Ossining in 3D,” more than 15,000 people attended the daylong event, which offered a wide range of vendors, food, games, rides and live entertainment.

The 33rd annual Ossining Village Fair included over 170 booths and a variety of live acts presented on four entertainment stages. In addition to the many exhibitors and diverse cuisine available, fairgoers also enjoyed unique bicentennial-themed activities such as docent-led sculpture tours and an historic “Holy Ossining” heritage tour. Basta Pasta was named “Best Slice in Ossining” by a celebrity panel of judges.

“We were very pleased with this year’s turnout,” said Gayle Marchica, President of the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce. “The Ossining Village Fair truly exemplifies the spirit and energy of our local businesses and wonderful community. We received a number of positive comments from fairgoers throughout the day who felt this year’s fair was the greatest yet.”

Fair coordinators Omar Herrera and John Girolamo added, "Everywhere we go we hear that this was the best fair ever.”

Complimentary docent-led walking tours of the 25-piece “Ossining in 3D” bicentennial sculpture exhibit will continue on Saturday, July 5 and on the first Saturday of every month through October. The tours begin at 81 Croton Avenue at 10:00 am (downtown tour) and 2:00 pm (waterfront tour). Reservations are required and can be made by phone at 914-762-6232 or by email at vmonastra(at)ossbuilding(dot)org.

Maps for self-guided tours of the sculpture exhibit can be picked up at the Village of Ossining Municipal Building at the Clerk’s and Village Manager’s office, the Community Center, the Ossining Public Library, and at each sculpture location. Maps are also available online at http://www.villageofossining.org and http://www.celebrateossining.com.

In addition to the many bicentennial events planned throughout the year, the Village is also selling copies of "The Ossining Story: A Bicentennial Celebration 1813–2013" for $10 each. The 160-page special-edition souvenir journal commemorates Ossining’s 200th birthday, honoring the Village’s past and present with stories from more than 60 local organizations and commissioned articles of historic interest from local authors and historians. Copies are available at the Village of Ossining Municipal Building at the Clerk’s and Village Manager’s office, the Community Center, and at the Ossining Public Library and can be purchased online at http://www.villageofossining.org.

“Ossining has a wonderfully rich history,” says George Camp, chair of the Bicentennial Committee. “The Ossining Story not only highlights our Village’s unique heritage, but also shows what a great community we have as we move forward in the next century."

The Village of Ossining’s Bicentennial Celebration is made possible with major support from Ginsburg Development Companies in collaboration with the Ossining Arts Council, Ossining Historical Society and the County of Westchester. Significant additional funding has been provided by General Electric Company, Emigrant Bank, Avalon Bay, Cedar Manor, Inc., Dorsey Funeral Home, Open Door Family Medical Center, Inc., Hudson Valley Bank, The Bethel Methodist Home, Solomon Organization, Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc., Mahopac National Bank and Club Fit.

For information on upcoming bicentennial events, including themed summer movies and concerts as well as future sculpture exhibit tours, please visit http://www.celebrateossining.com, http://www.villageofossining.org, or contact the Village Manager’s Office at 914-941-3554. To learn more about the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce and its membership opportunities, call 914-941-0009 or visit http://www.ossiningchamber.org.

About the Village of Ossining

On April 2, 1813, the Village of Ossining became the first incorporated village in Westchester County to be state-chartered. Today, Ossining is a culturally diverse, affordable place to live, rich in both history and natural beauty. Approximately 24,000 people reside in the three square miles of this historic Village on the Hudson River, which boasts extensive shopping, recreational programs, educational enrichment opportunities, and community services. Ossining’s role in New York’s heritage has been recognized by its inclusion, as one of only 14 areas, in an Urban Cultural Park System designed to attract visitors to the State. With its Bicentennial anniversary in 2013, the Village of Ossining has launched “Ossining in 3D,” a yearlong celebration of events designed to honor the Village’s past while embracing its future. Visit http://www.villageofossining.org for more information.

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