Great American Weekend brings on the crowds

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  • Pretty in stars and stripes: Angelina Barreto, 6, left, with friend Kierstynn Schoening, 7, and Kierstynn’s little sister Jillyan Schoening, 3. The girls are best friends — and their moms have been friends since kindergarten. They’re all from Goshen. (Photos by Ginny Privitar)

  • This little lady wants off! She found the fire truck ride more frightening than fun.

  • Young rockers belt out a number about Mars with entertainer Steve Hennessy, aka “Dr. Planet,” who teaches about the solar system through song.

  • Haidresser Celia Harewood of Chester gives Victoria Lopez, 9, of Monroe a fancy ‘do at the Beaded Braids & Beyond booth.

  • Jerry and Adele Kline of Middletown, married 52 years, dance the tango at the Tango Under the Tent dance floor.

  • Anna Lisa Miely, 9,of Warwick, tries out some moves at the Flexibility in Flight exhibit. She is assisted by Katie Adams (left) of Southfields and Katie Struble of Slate Hill.

  • Bill Redner (far left), wife Dee (far right), daughter Corinne, and Jayme Uberto, all of Pine Bush, are in the holiday spirit.

  • Ben, 9, mom Rebecca, and sister Maggie Ohm, 5, of Washingtonville enjoyed the day.

  • Corinne Redner’s patriotic boots.

  • Little brother Joey “Jo-Jo” gets in on the act with sisters Kaitelyn, 10 and Jennifer Diana, 7.

  • Logan Stamp, two and a half, in his fancy stroller/tricycle, with dad Bill and mom Erin.

  • Steven Reich, wife Anita, and son Dan, with grandchildren, Ava, 5, Maya, 8; Hailey 10 and Sampson 3, in stroller, after running the 5K that morning.

  • Amy Prado and Mary Lewis of Walden give out information at the Honor Flight tent. Honor Flights are free to veterans. They take World War II veterans on a one-day flight to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II memorials.

  • Trying to earn a goldfish: Will the ball land in the vase?

  • Katie Adams (left) and Katie Struble (right) help Anna Lisa Miely get into the aerial yoga silk.

  • The swing ride was a favorite.

  • A visitor examines the wonderful items at Clay Creations.

  • The dining tent was mobbed.

  • Artistic vessels

  • Colorful clothes for sale.

  • Fancy weathervanes

  • Painted tables

  • Waiting for the fire truck ride to start.

  • A ride in an old-fashioned car.

  • Up, up, and away!

  • A view of the steeple.

Unofficial tallies say more people came out to this past Great American Weekend than any other in its glorious 33-year history. Whether or not that's true, the weekend was as much quality as quantity, featuring top flight crafts work and music, yummy food, and rides both thrilling and old-fashioned.

The Goshen Chamber of Commerce on its Facebook page thanked the planning committee: "They work very hard all year to make the weekend happen! Thank you to Darlene Bartley, Lee Bergus, Sherrie Bergus, Lynn Allen Cione, Sue Cleaver, Dan Connor, Geri Corey, James Danella, Judy Green, Mary Gray Griffith, neal Halloran, Susan Herrmann, Gerry Hluchan, Liz Hluchan, Donna McCormack, Phil Massengill, Mary Rohde, Tom Rohde, Maureen Quattrini, Ray Quattrini, Jennifer Rundle, Michael Rundle, Evan Teatum, Elliot Volaski, Rose Volaski, Eveline White, Chief James Watt, Carla Wise. THANK YOU!!!!"

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