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Family Fun At Briarcliff Harvest Festival

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – Free frisbees and canvas bags, dollar Halloween necklaces, a bouncy castle and a petting zoo were some of the attractions for families at the Briarcliff Harvest in the Village festival on Saturday.

"I think all the food and souvenirs are great," said Joshua Linett of Briarcliff as he and his little sister Sari Linett waited to pet a black lamb in front of Holbrook Cottage lifestyle gift store.

Mike Newman of Teaneck, NJ, said the animals were the highlight of the festival for his grandkids, the Linetts, along with the giant inflatable bouncy castle in the Wells Fargo bank parking lot.

"It's fun. We've enjoyed every single table. All the businesses are giving stuff out for kids," said Rachel Wimpee who was holding her three-month-old son Benjamin Weintraub while her three-year-old Jax Weintraub jumped in the bouncy castle.

Next to the bouncy castle, Girl Scouts from Troop 1228 were selling goblin cupcakes, and Girl Scouts from Troop 1169 were manning a table where pumpkin necklaces could be made for a dollar.

"This is a great turnout, great weather. I think it's getting more and more busy," said Eric Lebenson of Legends Realty Group.

Across the street, Robert Abbruzzese of Abbruzzese Wellness Center on North State Road offered free tests to measure how efficient a person's nervous system is functioning.

"We have 40 businesses participating this year. I think we're building a lot of steam," said Hillary Messner, one of the main organizers of the festival, sponsored by the Briarcliff Chamber of Commerce. "This event is all about supporting local businesses and giving businesses who don't have a presence in the downtown area an opportunity to come and tell what they do."

Hudson Saunders of Briarcliff said the best thing about the festival was seeing other young families from the area and seeing friends.

"I think it's great for the kids," he said as he helped his four-year-old son Kurt take off his shoes to jump in the bouncy castle.

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