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Sep 25, 2018 3:16 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Section Of Main Street To Temporarily Close For SouthamptonFest 2018

A horse and buggy ride through Southampton Village during the 2017 SouthamptonFest. PRESS FILE.
Sep 26, 2018 10:38 AM

The eighth annual SouthamptonFest will spread its fall fun farther throughout Southampton Village this year, requiring a little more space for the festival to take place.

According to Julie Fitzgerald, assistant to Village Mayor Michael Irving and one of the organizers of the event, the three-day festival will involve closing a section of Main Street to traffic on Saturday, October 13.

She said the section of Main Street from Cameron Street to the intersection of Hampton Road will be temporarily closed to host a Kids Zone for family activities from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The section will host sports activities, pumpkin decorating and Latin dance.

“We’re breaking out from the typical zones of the festival,” Ms. Fitzgerald said. “Instead of having everything in Agawam Park, we’re spreading throughout the village.”

Another expansion, Ms. Fitzgerald said, is an Art Zone set to be located on the west lawn of 25 Jobs Lane. In the zone will be 25 vendors displaying art, photography, jewelry and crafts. It will be organized by the Southampton Artists Association on both Saturday and Sunday.

Meanwhile, also on Saturday and Sunday, Agawam Park will host food trucks, live music, a cornhole tournament, the Southampton farmers market, and safety demonstrations courtesy of the Southampton Fire Department.

The Next Level Band, Little Head Thinks and the Roses Grove Band will perform in Agawam Park on Saturday, while the Southbound Band, the Inda Eaton Band and the Nancy Atlas Project will play live on Sunday.

The festival will start on Friday, October 12, with the Southampton Rotary Club’s kickoff cocktail party in Agawam Park from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The opening festivities will also feature live music from Mean Machine, DJ Tony Kerr and Beau Hulse’s Sinatra Review.

On top of all of these events will be sidewalk sales from retail shops in the village business area as a means to extend the season.

“We want to bring people in after the summer season,” Ms. Fitzgerald said.

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why would you close Main Street when you have Agwam park ?.??
By Obserever (40), Southnampton on Sep 28, 18 6:20 PM
Do you really expect someone to answer that question for you?

Fiddle Fiddle Fiddle !!!
By Nero (301), Sag Harbor on Sep 28, 18 7:15 PM
Jobs Lane can be converted to a pedestrian-only open plaza and completely eliminate parking and traffic in a pilot test. Downtown should be for people to gather, not create traffic jams. This is being done in many places (including Times Square) with great success. It increases business and decreases pollution while creating a social atmosphere.
And allow bicycles again so the community can ride into their own village.
By Non-Political (125), Hampton Bays on Sep 28, 18 11:23 PM
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I remember when tourist season ended on Labor Day weekend . The good ole days !
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Sep 29, 18 6:50 AM
I don’t know...helping local businesses seems to me like something to support. We can’t be mad about everything our politicians do!!
By CPalmer (122), Southampton on Sep 30, 18 12:50 PM
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