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Around the Town: September 25, 2009

Family Festival By the Sea

Ride the wave of fun and excitement into beautiful Lido Beach Town Park for the Town of Hempstead’s 27th annual Family Festival by the Sea at Lido Beach Town Park on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3 and 4. Mariners and landlubbers alike will enjoy concert bands, delicious food, craft and novelty vendors, sand sculptures and an array of games and contests.

You can also satisfy your “appetite” for fun by getting a “taste” of the Clam Eating and Clam Chowder Contests on Saturday at 1 p.m. At 1:30 p.m. culinary artists can bring their homemade chowder in a thermos or crock pot and compete to have their brew named “Hempstead’s Official Chowder.” The clam-eating contest is limited to 12 participants (lottery will determine contestants if more than 12 entries are received). Call 812-3307 for entry form (entries must be received by Sept. 30). Both contests entail a $15 donation per entrant to Splash, a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping waterways clean!

Children can sample the festival’s youthful flavor by enjoying the puppet shows, circus clowns, pony rides and petting zoo. This year’s festival will also unveil some of the biggest and bounciest inflatables ever frolicked upon.

Guests can also stroll the boardwalk to water’s edge to “dig” the sand castle contest or “race” into Sunday’s Biathlon. KJOY’s popular morning team “Jim & Kim” will be on hand Saturday to meet their fans and spin the station’s wheel of prizes. On-air personalities from WHLI and B103 will join the fun throughout the weekend.

With our beautiful Lido Beach Park as a picture-perfect setting, the Family Festival celebrates our township’s storied nautical heritage. Considered one of Long Island’s signature late summer attractions, the festival offers an action-packed afternoon of family fun.

The Family Festival by the Sea is being held at Town Park Lido Beach, located at 630 Lido Boulevard, just two miles west of the Loop Parkway. The festival will be open from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission and parking are free.

Alure Home Improvements and Cablevision have climbed aboard as festival sponsors with additional support from Atlantic Nursery. Popular Freeport Restaurants Blue 42 and Landshark will provide all the clams for the clam eating contest as well as prizes for the top finishers.

Arrive early, stay late and by all means bring along your family and friends for a seaside celebration that will keep the summer fun alive for one last exciting and action-packed weekend.

For further information, call 292-9000, ext. 382 or visit our website at www.TOH.LI.