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Excitement and Fun At Ossining Village Fair

Despite cloudy skies that threatened rain, a good crowd turned out for the Ossining village fair Saturday to enjoy live entertainment, food, vendors, kids’ activities and informational booths by local organizations.

"We'll probably get a lot of business. As long as the rain holds off, we'll do well," said Sam Shapiro, a toy vendor who was stationed on the upper part of Main Street.

Food at the fair ranged from Caribbean jerk chicken to fried dough to grilled pork sandwiches. Vendors sold a wide variety of products from toys to clothes to crystal glass nail files.

Cynthia Morales who came with her daughter and two younger brothers to the fair thought the event was very well organized.

"Everything is moving quickly and there are a lot of people helping out," she said as she waited in line for her daughter to get a free face painting at the Iglesia Mana de la Vida Eterna (Church of Eternal Life)'s booth.

Morales especially enjoyed the Ossining and Briarcliff fire departments' fire prevention trailer that used a fog machine to simulate a smoke-filled room within the trailer.

"We teach people to stay low, crawl out and don't go back in for anything," Ossining firefighter JT Camp explained.

At the United Martial Arts Center's booth, martial art masters invited anyone who wanted to to break a wooden board with their hand or foot.

"I think this is awesome. Everyone seems really excited, happy, and like they're enjoying the weekend," said Vinnie Bellantoni, a teacher at the Briarcliff school that offers tae kwon do and kickboxing classes.

"It turned out to be a really nice day. It's a community day," said Douglas Haviland, the director of admissions of the Cedar Manor nursing home which had a booth.

Jack Shanahan, an eighth grader at St. Augustine's School who volunteered to help set up tents at the fair, agreed.

"I think they should do more of these, like once a month," he said.

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