Street fair showcases Vernon businesses

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  • Vernon Township High School drama students, from left, Mike Tlatelpa, Nathan Fitch and Cindy Sparta work the crowd at the 2017 Vernon Street Fair.

  • PAL volunteers man the busy bounce house.

  • PHOTOS BY JANET REDYKE Main Street turns into the street fair on September 9

  • Xinga, the Seeing Eye puppy is a visitor magnet at the fair.

VERNON — With Main Street closed to traffic, typical street fair style, brought Vernon businesses, local organizations, houses of worship and pre-November politicians together for a community spirited day on Sept. 9.

The excellence of the Saturday response was meant to introduce and accent Vernon businesses.

“This is truly Americana,” said Vernon Chamber of Commerce President Elmer Platz.

According to Platz, the street fair was months in the planning, with local food establishments like Mitch’s Roadside, The Tomato Garden, Healthy Thymes and Vernon Valley Farms participated. Juan Grande Sauces of Glenwood offered samples of steak sauces, salsas and barbeque sauces that are locally produced and veteran owned. The Rose Mt. Chocolatier Shop of Vernon reminded fair visitors of their healthy, organic ingredient chocolate and that their new café at the chocolate shop is now open.

Patrick Hughes of Allstate Insurance manned a street fair table saying that, “The fair is explosive with energy and seeing the young people participating is great.”

Town banks were in attendance with James Rivera, Janice Gaughan and Danielle Divietro of Highlands State Bank enthusiastically saying it’s all about community and service to the community. Top of the Mountain beekeepers spoke about the near extinction of the wild honeybee due to pesticides. According to the beekeepers, 90% of all food sources are pollinated by honeybees.

New Vernon FM radio WSRX- 107.9 established by Jay Thienel in 2013, now broadcasts a 24/7 mixture of classics, rock and even requests with DJs Paul and Geetchy Boy.

The fair continued throughout the early afternoon.

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