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Oct 8, 2018 3:52 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Harvest Festival To Be Held In Westhampton Beach On Saturday

The Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce’s fourth annual Harvest Festival is planned for Saturday, October 13 on Main Street in Westhampton Beach. PRESS FILE
Oct 9, 2018 12:30 PM

The Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce’s fourth annual Harvest Festival, planned for Saturday, October 13, on Main Street in Westhampton Beach, is expected to attract thousands of visitors and locals, alike.

The fall festival, which is scheduled to run between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., will feature at least eight food trucks, offering up local and international foods, up to 20 food and craft vendors, and two enclosed “beer gardens,” with craft beers from the Mill Roadhouse and Westhampton Beach Brewing Company and wine from Castello Di Borghese.

Children’s activities—including face painting, scarecrow building and carnival games, run by members of the Westhampton Beach High School Key Club—will be set up near Glovers Lane and a nearby stage will feature live music from local bands like Local Motion, Souliztik and Saratonin.

“It’s drinking, food, music and then there’s all this stuff for the kids,” Phil Grossman, the chamber’s vice president, said on Monday morning. “It should be a really fun day.”

After being held on the Great Lawn last year, to incorporate St. Mark’s Church, the festival is returning to Main Street. Chamber President Noelle Bass said that by moving it back to Main Street, the hope is that festival-goers will shop at local stores participating in the final sidewalk sale and attend the farmers market on the Village Green.

Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic starting around 7 a.m. to allow for vendors and food trucks, like the popular Fat Boys BBQ, to set up. Trucks will set up down the middle of the street while vendors will set up tables and tents along the side of the road. A zigzag path will be kept open so, if needed, an ambulance or fire truck could navigate the street—a decision made last moth at a Village Board work session.

According to Ms. Bass, the festival will run the length of Main Street, from just in front of Margarita Grille to Library Avenue. Concrete barricades, placed by public works employees and monitored by police officers, will line the ends of the festival.

As of Monday afternoon, the Village Board had not yet approved the use of Main Street for the annual event—however, both village and chamber officials said the approval was expected to come on Wednesday.

“There is no danger, whatsoever, of it not being approved,” said Village Trustee Brian Tymann, who has been working with the chamber’s Harvest Festival Committee to help plan the event. “It’s a definite go ahead.”

The original resolution authorizing the festival was held over at last week’s meeting on Thursday, October 4, because a finalized map and plan had yet to be submitted. Mr. Tymann described the decision to delay the approval as a “formality,” and said, “We’re just trying to fit in all the puzzle pieces in terms of where trucks and tents should go.”

Those plans were finalized on Friday when Ms. Bass met with Mr. Tymann and Mayor Maria Moore. Vendors and food trucks will set up in clusters throughout Main Street with the longest cluster just in front of the former Books & Books store.

Mr. Tymann and Ms. Bass said that the last-minute scramble to plan the annual festival was largely due to the complications associated with closing Main Street, like safety risks.

“An event like this is so much different than an event like the Oyster Festival, because we’re taking over Main Street,” Ms. Bass said this week. “We’re shutting down Main Street so there are a lot of safety concerns. There are a lot of us involved to make sure everything is OK.”

Over the weekend Ms. Bass, Mr. Grossman and members of the Harvest Festival Committee submitted the final plan to village officials.

“All the details were easily worked out,” Mr. Tymann said on Monday afternoon.

“It’s happening no matter what. It was just a matter of making sure everybody was on the same page,” Ms. Bass said. “I feel like this year is probably going to be one of the best years.”

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