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Westfield's Spring Fling Street Fair Attracts Tens of Thousands

Leo Kleiman-Lynch

Sunday, May 5, 2013 • 10:51pm

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.

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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