Great American Weekend starts Saturday

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  • Last year's Great American Weekend (Photo by Ginny Privitar)

Here's what you'll find

Patriotic Hat Contest — At noon on Saturday for adults and children alike. Hats must be original (embellished store-bought hat is okay) and wearable. Contestants must wear their hats in front of the judge’s stand. The deadline to register is July 5. For more information call Donna Silver McCormack at 347-729-9997
Body and face painting — A few face painting and Henna Body Art vendors will be on hand: Althena’s Designs, Designs by Joyce, Body Art by Michele, Tracin Arts & Wild Henna.
Raffles and t-shirts — The Minisink Hook and Ladder Co. 1 will be selling Ladder 1 Wet Down T-shirts for $12 and holding a $3 raffle for three separate prizes, which include tickets for Keith Urban and Toby Keith at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and a family pack for the New York Renaissance Faire.
Food — Some vendors will be serving lunch and many others will be selling goodies, including: From my Father’s Kitchen, Mazz’s Kettle Corn, Lakonia Greek Products, Picklelicious, Wright Orchards, County Herbs, Scotty’s Country Kitchen, Tom’s Roid-Rippin’ Hot Sauce, Cauldron & Kettle, Chef Tim Foods, Heitmann’s Gourmet Nuts & Specialties, Udder Ideas Fudge, Gourmet Creations Dip Mixes, Cedar Rock Products. The pooches haven’t been forgotten — Derby’s Delights Dog Treats will also have a booth.
Crafts — Artisans have always been a big part of the festivities. This year’s crafts vendors include: Caring Cards, Summerwinds Gifts, The Crafty Cat, Ms. Sticks, Cheryl Gayser Photography, Painted Petals, Fanatic Frames, Shane’s Forever Files, Handmade Creations, Suttonwoods, The Gourd Gallery LLC, Dave’s odd jobs, Stoneaged, Edies Pets Rack, Sunny Day Pottery, Stones Woodmill, Ireland in Prints, Raisy Daisy’s Pics, Earth Wind & Fiber, Papillion Pottery, Glass that Glows, Shiela Toohey Accessories, The Craft Closet, Creative Gifts by Teresa, Sunny Hill Crafts, Quail Pottery, Hands for peace, Holly’s Country Cottage Creations & Carol Comen Associates!
Jewelry vendors — Bountiful Beads, Magpie Designs, Creative Unusual Customized Jewelry, The Family Jewels, Panache Jewelry, The Craft Closet, DaleBCraft, Jewelry by Emily, Kira-Michael-Gems Inc, 3G, Paraspirit, Ring around the Tosie, Monavt jewelry, Sunlife, NICIA Art, Momma Wamma Jewelry, Lovely to Look At, Amber Forest, Eternal Designs, Yan Yan, Native Art Minerals & Fossils, Names Unlimited, Fine Line Leather Designs, and Johnny’s Jewels.

— “Community spirit, patriotism and fun!” says the Goshen Chamber of Commerce. “That’s what Goshen’s two-day Great American Weekend is all about.”

And it’s coming this weekend: Saturday, July 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

All 150 slots for vendors were scooped up by mid-June, so it will be a full house of very creative people who hope you’ll like their wares. Crafts, antiques, and food will be sold on the village green, which will also have rides for children and live entertainment for everyone.

Just walk down the street to catch the exciting Grand Circuit harness races at the Goshen Historic Track, starting at 1 p.m. on July 3, 4, 5 and 6.

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