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Garden City Welcomes Return of Annual Belmont Festival

By Ashley Herriman | 05/09/2013 03:08 PM ET
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Garden City will once again celebrate the final leg of the Triple Crown during the 16th annual Garden City Belmont Festival on Friday, June 7 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Held on the eve of the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park, the Garden City Belmont Festival will bring an evening of family-friendly activities, live music, food and other entertainment to Seventh Street.

This year’s festival is sponsored by the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and Stifel Nicolaus Investment Services.

“The Belmont Stakes is a time-honored tradition which all of us in Garden City look forward to with anticipation each year,” said Garden City Belmont Festival Chairperson Mary Dolan Grippo. “This tremendous event would not be possible without the continued support of NYRA and our newest partner Stifel Nicolaus. We are very grateful for their commitment and thank them for their involvement in this year’s festival.”

The evening will include live music from a variety of bands, including the Fivestone Rock Band, Jerry and the Newcomers, New Vintage Orchestra, Nor’easter and The Village Music Makers. Dancers from Broadway Bound Dance Center will also perform for attendees. 

A festival favorite, the Wing-Off Competition will offer local restaurants the opportunity to compete to be named Garden City’s chicken wing champion. Attendees can participate in the tasting and judging with a donation of $5. All proceeds benefit local Hurricane Sandy relief efforts by the American Red Cross. Local restaurants wishing to participate should contact Tim Peeples at 917-747-3067.

The festival will also include a poster contest, face painting, pony rides, carnival games with prizes and a wide variety of food offerings.

For more information or to participate in the Garden City Belmont Festival, please contact Mary Dolan Grippo at 516-314-9635 or via e-mail at mdgrippo@optonline.net.

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