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Tuckahoe Preps for 20th Crestwood Street Fair

TUCKAHOE, N.Y. – The annual Crestwood Street Fair and its organizer, the Tuckahoe Beautification Committee, will celebrate their 20th anniversary this weekend.

The fair, scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 29, will bring a variety of vendors to Crestwood Station Plaza at Columbus Avenue and Fisher Road.

The TBC dates back to the 1970s, but after its first few years became inactive before being revitalized in the early 1990s. In 1992, the mission and main goal of the group was defined to focus on beautifying the village entryways, streets and parks.

Sheila Clarke, co-chair of the event, has been with the TBC since its beginning. She said she stepped in to fill an unexpired term on the Tuckahoe Village Board of Trustees, and said she would run for election on the condition she could try to beautify Tuckahoe.

"I told them if I could change the aesthetics of the village, I would run," Clarke said. The TBC moved forward to create New England-style signage and to purchase and install hanging baskets of flowers.

Donations and money raised at the street fair finance the all-volunteer group, which remains active throughout the year. During fall, the TBC focuses on purchasing and planting chrysanthemums and cabbage for the areas around the train stations – Tuckahoe and Crestwood – and in many storefronts. As the holiday season approaches, the TBC buys fresh wreaths that hang on lampposts and red bows and holiday lights that wrap around large pine trees around the village.

Sunday, Columbus Avenue and Fisher Road in Crestwood Station Plaza will be closed as vendors set up on the streets. Clarke said offerings will include such things as hats, crocheted items, scarves, flowers made of paper, a personalized golf marker creator and several types of jewelry. Food vendors will serve up everything from gyros and hot dogs to popcorn and smoothies. For the kids, there will be face painting, inflatables, handmade step stools and hair accessories for young girls. One vendor creates T-shirts for young children who can then color their own shirts.

Clarke said Tuesday she is working on getting a DJ for the event.

"A few years ago we had to cancel because we couldn't get enough vendors," Clarke said. "This year we are full. I'm hoping we have a beautiful day. We just need a lot of shoppers."

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