WESTFIELD, NJ - They call it a Spring Fling and on Sunday it could not have been any more picturesque a day to host a street fair.
Vendors from Westfield and across the state took their wares to the streets in the downtown shopping district on Sunday and held a gigantic block party.
Skies were sunny, the temperature near 70 degrees - a perfect day for strolling the streets, enjoying a variety of barbecue food and checking out booths filled with interesting crafts.
“We expect about 40,000-50,000 people here today,” said Neil Pinkman, regional director at Paradigm Associates and Executive Director of the Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce. “We really can’t get any bigger as we ran out of street space.”
The street fair featured all of the fare that street fairs are know for including independent craft vendors, inflatable jumping rides, hot sausage sandwiches, funnel cakes, zeppoles and booths staffed by community representatives.
One particular contingent of community representatives is the Westfield Green Team, a committee appointed by the Town Council to educate the public on how to become more eco-friendly and to produce programs that benefit the municipality.
“We have had a ton of people coming to visit us,” said Team Chairman William Heinbokel. “We have taken on recycling this year. We are trying to get people to think about it, and give us some ideas that Westfield can [implement]."
The Green Team was established a year ago by the Westfield Town Council and is comprised of elected officials, municipal staff, members of community boards and commissions and local residents. The team’s mission is to lead and coordinate local initiatives and actions that will lead to a “Sustainable Jersey Municipal Certification,” a state designation that helps communities improve efficiency, cut waste and stimulate its local economy.
Just across from the Green Team booth was George Kraemer of US Energy, an energy consulting firm for consumers.
“If we save you a significant amount of money on energy bills, you could potentially end up with a positive cash flow,” Kraemer said.
The youngsters liked the street fair just as much as the adults, with candy and goodies around every corner.
“So far, so good, we love it,” said Garrick Staviroich of Westfield who was with children Sarah and Thomas and wife, Ann.
“I liked the bouncy house,” Sarah said between mouthfuls of kettle corn.