Arts & Entertainment

Westfield's Spring Fling Street Fair Attracts Tens of Thousands

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Junior Optimist Club members Eric Oberman and Andres Chang collect donations. Credits: Leo Kleiman-Lynch
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Mike Tarnofski jams on the bongos in front of the Creative Kids booth. Credits: Leo Kleiman-Lynch
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Local band "Pending" plays. Credits: Leo Kleiman-Lynch
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Matthew Marks teaches Sophia a few chords on his guitar at the Kidville booth. Credits: Leo Kleiman-Lynch
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WHS Senior Jon Nana shows off Bananahands products. Credits: Leo Kleiman-Lynch
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Councilman Keith Loughlin, Wells Fargoo Advisors Senior Vice President-Complex Manager Bill Drake, Mayor Andy Skibitsky and Wells Fargo Advisor Chris Devine in front of the Wells Fargo stage coach. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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Mitchell Beinhaker, Becky Seasholtz, Chris Devine and Heather Robinson at the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce's booth. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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Councilman Mark LoGrippo and his daughter Gemma enjoyed the rides at Spring Fling. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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Dave Haas, Democratic candidate for mayor of Westfield, at the fair. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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Jill Anne Lazare, Democratic Candidtate for Assembly, stopped by the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce's booth at Spring Fling. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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A local cook prepares chicken shish kabobs. Credits: Leo Kleiman-Lynch
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Credits: Leo Kleiman-Lynch
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One of Westfield's historic churches can be seen behind the fair-goer filled downtown. Credits: Leo Kleiman-Lynch
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Lemonade stands offered refreshments for the fair's patrons. Credits: Leo Kleiman-Lynch
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WESTFIELD, NJ—Families and friends gathered in Downtown Westfield on May 5 to enjoy this year’s Spring Fling Street Fair sponsored by the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce. GWACC Executive Director Heather Robinson estimated that over 30,000 people filled the streets over the course of this beautiful Sunday. Kids with painted faces rode carnival rides and ate cotton candy while local business owners promoted themselves with booths and vendors sold a variety of items.

One tent represented the children’s music program Creative Kids. Owner Lisa Goldenberg manned the stand along with musician Mike Tarnofski, spreading the message of creativity and inspiration to a young generation.

“We’re here promoting Preschool of Rock, our new interactive music program geared towards kids,” said Tarnofski.

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Another booth hosted the new and upcoming local business Bananahands Apparel, a clothing company started by Westfield High School Seniors Jake Greenberg and Ben Fine.

 “We really wanted to come to Spring Fling just to get our name out there. The Spring Fling is such a great place for family and friends to walk around and have a good time,” said Bananahands Salesman Jon Nana.

Many bands performed on thestage on Elm Street throughout the day, providing fair-goers throughout  with live music, excitement and exposure to local acts.

Kidville, a new business that promotes creativity and well-being for both kids and parents, hosted a booth in front of their new location. Their goals for Spring Fling were to “gear up for our opening at the end of June” and to “register people now for our classes starting June first,” said Kidville “Mayor” Catharine Wilder. The booth featured guitarist Matthew Marks, who helped kids learn how to play and acquire an interest in music.

The Westfield Police Department had its own space at the fair, showing off its new mobile command center. To read more about that, click here.

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