This past weekend our fair village hosted the annual Columbus Day Fair. The weather was beautiful for most of the weekend and the turnout certainly showed. I hope most of you were able to get to the street fair and walk through our downtown area. The craft vendors always provide a wide variety of interesting trinkets, gifts and fun items. It was great to see so many of our terrific restaurants selling and sampling their foods. It was a regular Main Street Buffet. All types of food and drinks for everyone's tastes. From apples to zeppoles - they were all there for the taking. The event draws not only Dalers but people from all over Long Island. While I was leaving the 4 Star Variety store, I met a couple from Massapequa who were raving about the wonderful selection of items in the store. They "had no idea" that we had such fantastic stores on Main Street. I hope that our own village residents also discovered what our town has to offer. Of course, it's never too late. As always, I urge all of you to shop Farmingdale! The fair was a lot more than just shopping. For me the best part is always the parade. The Farmingdale Fire Department once again outdid themselves. The parade was one of the liveliest ones I can remember. The enthusiasm of the fire departments (from as far as Point Lookout), the marchers and the bands was unbelievable. Bag pipers, drums and bugles, kickline, cheerleaders, classic cars and hundreds of our residents enjoying the charm of Farmingdale. The night was capped off with the best fireworks show (in my memory) that we ever had. It lasted long and ended with a bang (actually many bangs!). A culmination to one terrific weekend. I have to thank the Farmingdale Fire Department for a job well-done. Thanks are also in order for the Nassau County Police 8th precinct and the Nassau County Auxiliary Police for their efforts not only during the parade, but for the whole weekend.