Everything is in place for the annual Patchogue Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 19.
The organizers are expecting this to be the biggest one yet.
“This is probably the largest number of vendors we’ve ever had for the Fall Festival,” said the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce’s executive director, David Kennedy. “Each year this event keeps growing. And the weather looks perfect, a nice sunny fall day with a chill in the air.”
The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Main Street will be closed from Maple Avenue on the east end, to West Avenue on the west end of the village. Ocean Avenue will be closed from Oak Street, just north of Main Street, to Church Street to the south.
But the roads actually close at 9 a.m. to make way for the Pat-Med High School Homecoming Day Parade, which marches along Main Street starting at 9:30 a.m. to about 10 a.m.
Vendors are then invited to set up on the streets around 10 a.m.
A big draw of the day is the Halloween Costume Parade, which starts at 2 p.m. in front of Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts and marches to the Village Green, which is just west of BrickHouse Brewery in the New Village at Patchogue complex, on Havens Avenue.
But an even bigger draw is the annual Chili & Chowder Contest.
Here’s how it works: People can purchase tickets to the chili and/or chowder contests at the chamber’s booth near the Four Corners intersection (Main Street and Ocean Avenue) near O’Neill’s Sales Exchange.
Starting at 11 a.m., chowder tickets are available. It’s $10 for tastings at 13 participating restaurants in the village. Then at 2 p..m., chili tickets will be available for 12 different restaurants.
There will be 500 bundles of tickets available for each contest, so they might get sold out if you wait. Ballot boxes will be available at each location for tasters to cast their votes for the best.
“You get a menu and a map,” Kennedy said of the contests. “What’s fun about this contest is it makes you travel the whole festival and get into all the different places that are competing. And maybe you get to check out some new places you haven’t been to before.”
There’s also a beer tastings component to the Fall Festival. Tickets are $10 at the chamber booth for tastings 11 different beers at the local bars. Participants get a special plastic tasting cup shaped like a pilsner glass.
The rest of the festival will offer everything the typical street festivals do in the village, such as specially themed (and free) craft for the kids outside of Pat-Med Library, plenty of food, vendors, bounce houses, a petting zoo, balloon animals, face painting, ice cream and desserts, and more.
best in America
Special to this year’s event is that the American Planning Association, which has named downtown Patchogue Village as one of the Great Places in America, will be hosting a plaque unveiling ceremony at 11 a.m. outside the theatre, will a special campaign toast in the lobby to follow. There’s another ceremony planned for 4 p.m. at Blue Point Brewery.
“It’s an amazing honor, being the first on Long Island to receive this recognition,” Kennedy said. Scroll down to learn about the distinction.