Patriotic fun abounds at Great American Weekend

Goshen. The hearty American spirit of independence was evident throughout the weekend, fortified by a rousing organ concert, bull riding, kettle korn, and many other delights.

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  • Scarlett Hayden, 4, who lives in Goshen, was brave enough to climb the wall. This is her first attempt, but she’s going to try doing it again next year. Keep trying, Scarlett!

  • Leona, who’s almost two years old, is enjoying an egg sandwich with all the fixings that her Mom, Shari, is offering her. No sharing with Leona, who’s such a good eater, that her mom had to buy a whole one for herself. The family lives in Pine Bush.

  • Holly Malley and Cheryl Porada pose with their merchandise at their Hollyberries Gypsy Boutique booth. Lots of great stuff here!

  • Danielle Monroe of Middletown is happy to be at Great American Weekend. Her mom, Florence Colman, lives in Goshen, and Danielle graduated from Goshen High School. She stopped by the large book sale outside held the First Presbyterian Church and had fun checking out the titles. She purchased a few books she just couldn’t resist.

  • Sherrie Bergus is a volunteer and a great supporter of Great American Weekend.

  • What could be better than riding in a pink car, enjoying Great American Weekend? Here’s Lillian Dowdy, 2, enjoying just that.

  • Matt Gennaro with his five-year-old twins, Matthew and Angela, and Angela, 3, in the middle — all dressed in celebration of the holiday. “The kids love the rides, and I love the food,” said Matt.

  • Eight-year-old Helena Cayton from Buffalo, N.Y., enjoyed her first bull riding experience, brought to Goshen by Ma & Pa’s Mechanical Bull Rides. It was a crowd favorite event this year.

  • Truong Nguyen and his son, Maverick, look over the humvee, a Village of Goshen police vehicle, on display. Nguyen, an FBI agent for 23 years, lives in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife Kathryn (Weir), also with the FBI. He grew up in Goshen.

  • Members of Cataract Engine & Hose Company — (from left) Joe Stricko, Luke Wade, and Rich Wiley — sold 50/50 raffle tickets.

Photos by Geri Corey. For more photos visit

By Geri Corey

Visitors who attended Goshen’s 38th annual Great American Weekend, July 6 and 7, were once again treated to two days of fun, food, plenty of crafts, and many antiques.

Although Saturday presented some weather obstacles, like high humidity and intermittent showers, it didn’t seem to dampen people’s spirits for the day. When the rains came, they scattered for cover. When the rain stopped, people resurfaced and carried on, enjoying all the activities as if it hadn’t rained at all.

This hearty American spirit of independence and freedom carried out through the days, starting with a rousing organ concert on Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, featuring patriotic songs, like “The Star Spangled Banner,” “My Country Tis of Thee,” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” The organist, Jonathan Hall, praised the audience for the strength of their combined voices.

How about trying bull riding or wall climbing for new, challenging experiences? The opportunities were there, and many were brave enough to meet the challenge.

The younger set was happy to try the amusement rides. For many it was their first-time challenge to meet, hopefully happily.

The crowd — many wearing patriotic clothing in red, white, and blue — browsed from one vendor tent to another, speaking with the owners about their interesting wares, like at Little Candle House, Andy’s Sandals and Tie Dye, Country Crafts, and The Magic Garden, among the many dealers.

The food tent was full of tasty options, as well as vendors peppered throughout the show, offering kettle korn, ice cream sandwiches, slushies, oversized warm pretzels, fresh out-of-the-oven pizza, and lots of water. Amy’s Kitchen was on hand, giving free samples of their well-liked mac and cheese and pesto tortellini.

Sunday’s weather was ideal, and the large crowd that attended was still enjoying the show until closing time at 5 p.m.

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