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THE FOOD VENDORS at the Callicoon Street Fair were kept busy by the hungry (and very thirsty) crowds. Sarah Burgess, sister of 27 Main Street co-owner Erin Burgess, helped Kevin Bernitt serve up pizza and soda at the restaurant’s booth. The duo was lucky – they had a tent to keep them from the hot sun. The mercury soared above 90 that day.

Say 'Callicoon.' Say 'Street Fair.'
Say 'One Heck of a Good Time'

By Jeanne Sager
CALLICOON — Nothing says small town like a summer street fair.
It’s a long-standing tradition in Callicoon – the last Saturday in July, business owners throw open their doors and vendors line the streets to show their community spirit.
Kids wriggle around the booths dragging their puppies by a small leash, and moms push their infants in colorful strollers.
“This isn’t what people think of when they hear ‘New York,’ but this is very charming,” said Dr. Margaret Coughlin, an urgent care physician at the new Crystal Run Healthcare center in Rock Hill. “It’s very much a small town.”
Coughlin was blowing bubbles and handing out information at the Crystal Run booth set up in front of Matthew’s on Main Saturday afternoon.
An upstate native, she’s only recently made the move to Sullivan County, and Saturday was her first street fair in Callicoon.
The drive alone made it well worth it, she said – the scenery was fantastic.
Some other first-timers were enjoying the street fair’s diverse crowds – Nick Estabrook has been a Callicoon Street Fair patron many times, but the Damascus, Pa. resident set up his first booth Saturday.
Owner of Always in Bloom, a company which specializes in pressed flower art, Estabrook said the fair was very different from the craft circles he’s used to.
“There’s a lot of traffic, but it’s not like a juried craft fair,” he said.
The advantage to the Callicoon event is the new customers – people who might have never seen pressed flower art before.
“It’s a chance to educate the public and hopefully make some sales,” he said.
The fair, which is sponsored by the Callicoon Business Association, drew large crowds this weekend – thanks in part to the addition of a carnival in the municipal parking lot beside Klimchok Realty.
The carnival was open Friday night and ran all day Saturday during the fair.
CBA President Bob Hoffer said the carnival was added to give kids more of an incentive to come to the fair and give them something to do.
“This [street fair] is to give back to the community, the local people,” he said. “There’s a lot of stuff on sale here, inexpensive stuff, and that’s why we brought in the carnival – for the kids and the families.”
Hoffer said the fair is currently the CBA’s biggest moneymaker, although they hope the upcoming Pow Wow will become an annual event that tops the fair.
This year’s event was successful thanks to a good crowd, summery weather and the help of a lot of local people, like Bob and Carol Kay of the Callicoon Flea Market.
Even former town business owners Barry and Michelle Schuchman were back in town from Arizona to help with the fair, Hoffer said.

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