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11th Ferry Festa Set For Downtown Dobbs Ferry Saturday

Last year's Dobbs Ferry Festa drew more than 1,000 people to th village downtown streets.
Last year's Dobbs Ferry Festa drew more than 1,000 people to th village downtown streets. Photo Credit: Daily Voice

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. - Promising to draw thousands of residents and visitors to its business district, the 11th Annual Ferry Festa will fill downtown Dobbs Ferry Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.

According to event Co-Chair Paddy Steinschneider, more than 125 vendors and eight musical acts will be featured at the Ferry Festa the event, which has drawn more than 15,000 people over the last 10 years.

Steinschneider said the Ferry Festa has special significance because it is put together by volunteers, including key Village employees, like the Village Administrator Marcus Serrano, Village Clerk Liz Dreaper, Meghan McGloughlin in the Village office, and Gary Gardner, Superintendent of Public Works.

"This is a special type of event, since it is not sponsored by the Village, a Chamber, or any other recognized organization," Steinschneider said. "I have worked on every Festa and have co-chaired it for the past eight years. Matt Arone, who is Superintendent of the Recreation Department is once again my Co-Chair."

The Festa is designed to bring attention to Dobbs Ferry's downtown. In addition to food, art, crafts, and other retail vendors, the Festa gives organizations the opportunity to get out to the streets and introduce themselves and their businesses to the community.

"Organizations like Concerned Families of Westchester and Friends of the Aqueduct have the chance to outreach and build support," Stein said "The Rivertowns are also a place of cottage industries and the Festa gives people who do not normally have a presence on Main Street to make contact with people interested in what they are doing."

Entertainment on the main stage: “Bad Art” at 1 p.m., “Raising Cane” at 3 p.m. and Blue Roadhouse Orchestra at 6 p.m. Joe Rooney will be the emcee.

“Tramps Like Us” will be playing in front of Doubleday’s Tavern and “Groove Busters” will be playing in front of Celtic Corner at various times during the day.

The Ferry Festa originally began in the 1960s and '70s before it fell by the wayside. The annual outdoor festival was revived in 2002. This year's event  will include four inflatables for kids, each operated by one of Dobbs Ferry's sports clubs to raise funds for their teams and the added presence of food trucks, with David Di Bari from the Cookery and the Parlor bringing his pizza truck and friends to the street. "The Ferry Festa is Tactical Urbanism: a short term event intended to have a long term effect on the character of place and community," Steinschneider said.

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