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Parade, Fair To Celebrate Huntington 

The fourth annual Huntington Awareness Day parade is on Sept. 7.

The town’s fourth annual celebration of Huntington Station’s history and heritage is just around the corner.

Stepping off on Sept. 7 at 11 a.m., the Huntington Awareness Day parade and festival, featuring vintage cars, service groups and local merchants will parade through Huntington Station from West Hills Road to Church Street, ending at the fair in the municipal parking lot between Railroad Street and Church Street. The fair will include performances by local artists and booths offering crafts and services.

It will also include a parade for Huntington Station’s four-legged friends. Corky Nightingale’s Woof, Wag and Walk Fashion Show will march down New York Avenue, with the canine guests encouraged to dress up in styles celebrating their heritage and breed history.

“Every year, something gets added to make Huntington Awareness Day even more special,” Supervisor Frank Petrone said, “but what hasn’t changed is the incredible showing of pride Huntingtonians have in their community, making this truly an event not to be missed.”

Two longtime residents are being spotlighted as part of the procession.

Alfred A. Sforza, now 99 years old and best known to residents as “Freddie the Shoemaker” for much of the last 75 years, will be honored at the parade, as will Charlie Gumbs, a champion middleweight boxer in the early 1950s.

Special recognition will also be offered for two Huntington Station champions who have died since last year’s parade. Former Assemblyman Jim Conte, who represented the community in Albany for nearly a quarter-century, will be honored, as will former Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce Chairman Larry Kushnick, who was a key organizer of the fair portion of the event.

Huntington Station Enrichment Center Executive Director Dee Thompson, who co-chairs the event with Petrone, said additional sponsorship and donation opportunities, which help keep rides and events free of charge, are still available.

“That way, everyone in the community can enjoy this special day. But we are particularly looking for vendors: people who want to sell arts and crafts, artwork, jewelry, fashion merchandise and other items that might be of interest to fairgoers,” she said.

Anyone interested in entering the dog parade should call Alyssa Nightingale at 631-367-2565. Anyone interested in sponsoring the parade, entering a float in the parade or reserving vendor space can contact Thompson at 631-425-2640 or huntsec@aol.com. For additional information, visit www.huntingtonawareness.org.

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