DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. For the ninth year in a row Ferry Festa shut down the streets of Dobbs Ferry to give the locals a festival to be proud of once again.
Tents and vendors lined the sidewalks of Cedar St. and Main St. as rain threatened the festival in the morning, but held off for the afternoon. Police barricades blocked off Cedar St. from the Stop & Shop intersection down to Main St. and through the downtown to the Celtic Corner.
Local businesses set up shop out front and gave the crowds a taste of what they had to offer. After months of planning Paddy Steinschneider, one of the chairs of the Festa Committee, said it was good to be done and finally enjoy the day.
We had one of our regular momentary breakdowns [because of the rain], he said. Everybody pulled together in the end though.
Live music and the scent of grilling filled the air as people made their way through the streets. Kids flocked to face painting and the inflatable rides littered throughout.
At one point a flash mob even broke out in front of Doubledays, which Steinschneider said was a tough thing to pull off.
Everyone said this could never happen, he said. Dobbs Ferry is where it all happens.
Plenty of people were on hand for the annual event, even village mayor Hartley Connett himself who said hes a huge fan of Ferry Festa.
Its fantastic, its a great event for us, he said. Its been getting bigger and bigger every year and we have a lot of people to thank.
With another huge turnout, Ferry Festa continues to grow and looks to become one of the events that helps put Dobbs Ferry on the map.
Its kind of taken on a life of its own, Connett said. It gets the buzz out there about the village.
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