Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival back for 33rd year
by Andrew Pavia
Oct 23, 2013 | 555 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Residents walked up and down Jamaica Avenue between 80th Street and Woodhaven Boulevard on Sunday listening to music, buying food and stopping in the stores during the 33rd Annual Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival.

The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation sponsored the event, which also featured pony rides and face panting and demonstrations from local karate studios.

“It’s really a beautiful day for everyone to come out and enjoy the fair,” said Maria Thomson, executive director of the GWDC. “It’s just wonderful.”

In addition to the usual array of vendors selling items and children enjoy the rides, Thomson pointed out that there was something special about the festival this year.

“This is a beautiful display of culture,” she said as she watched the malaysian Lion Dancers. “This brings people together to learn about someone else’s culture.”

Christina Altstatt, a 20-year-resident of Woodhaven, has been attending the festival for the past 10 years.

“I meet a lot of friends here and I think it’s nice for them to have something like this for the community,” she said while eating food she recently purchased from a street vendor. “As long as they’ll have it, I’ll be here.”

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