May 24, 2022 By Christian Murray
The annual Memorial Day Fair at Sunnyside Gardens Park will take place this Saturday after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.
The event will feature carnival games, kiddie rides and local bands. Other activities will include a bouncy house, face painting, as well as arts and crafts, according to organizers.
The fair will run from noon to 5 p.m., with a rain date set for Sunday. Admission is free.
The event will also feature a barbeque, where attendees can purchase burgers, hot dogs (including vegetarian hot dogs) and festive sides. There will be beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks for sale.
Attendees will also be able to participate in raffles, with prizes provided by local establishments.
All proceeds from the event will go toward the upkeep of the park.
“It’s great that it’s coming back,” said Erin Lisowski, co-vice president of the park. “It’s one of our big tentpole events, so we are excited that we’re able to do it once again.”
The three-acre private park is located at 48-21 39th Ave. within Sunnyside Gardens. For most of the year the park is reserved for members, although it is opened up to the public for large community events.
The Memorial Day Fair is one of two large community events held at the park. The other big event is Oktoberfest, when the park’s picnic grove is transformed into a beer garden—and German-styled beer, wine and cider is served.
The event Saturday is likely to attract anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 attendees. Prior to COVID-19, organizers say about 2,000 people would attend.
“It’s going to be a nice day so we’re hoping for a big crowd,” Lisowski said.