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Rides, Food and Big Prizes At St. Ann's Festival

OSSINING, N.Y. – After several rainy days, weather cleared up for the final days of St. Ann's Parish's five-day festival in Ossining.

Children enjoyed rides ranging from the tumbling Zipper to the Bigali Ferris Wheel and the Red Baron airplane ride. They also had a multitude of food choices ranging from raw clams to Filipino pancit noodles served under big tents.

"It's fun. The kids liked the dragon, the airplanes," said Maria Posada of Ossining as her son, Mateo, 3, rode on a kiddie car ride.

Cleo Andoy who was selling Filipino noodles, spring rolls and buns said she hoped to recuperate the slow sales from rainy nights on Wednesday and Thursday with good business on Friday and Saturday.

"Today is a very nice day so people can come out and enjoy our food," she said.

Benny Linneman, a member of St. Ann's Parish who volunteered to sell raw clams, said people's spirits weren't dampened by the week's rain.

"It's been so wet, but the folks that have come even during the wet nights have a very strong, viable spirit," said

Aside from rides and food, children and adults also enjoyed games from which they could win stuffed animals and other prizes.

"I think today's his lucky day," Jessica Santiago said of her son Joshua as she carried a large orange and yellow stuffed monkey, a set of toy cars and a stuffed Winnie the Pooh.

Joshua, 5, won all of the toys himself by knocking down sets of three pins and throwing balls at targets.

In the center of the festival, a DJ got people doing the Electric Slide and La Macarena as a crowd watched.

"It's fun. I'm living in Ossining now five years and we come every year," said Charlie Garcia.

The annual St. Ann's festival raises money for the parish and brings the diverse Ossining community together for a big party, said St. Ann's parish secretary Edna Ault.

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