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Van Etten Festival Plans Shaping Up

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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 11:40 am

The Van Etten Community Festival may be a few months away, but that doesn’t mean that preparations haven’t already been underway for the event on September 14.

Already a call had gone out for vendors and for contestants for the Prince and Princess Pageant. The Pageant is in its second year and is another restored part from the old festival, which itself was revived only a few years ago.

The organizers are still looking for vendors for the event, although direct sale vendors, such as Avon or Mary Kay are mostly already accounted for. If you work with a direct sale company contact Lauren to see if it is already covered or if there is a waiting list. Additionally you can visit the Van Etten Community Festival Facebook page. However, vendors who make their own artisan crafts, local produce, goods, and services are welcome to sign up. Call Lauren at 589-6735.

There is also space for not-for-profit organizations who want to do fundraisers or simply want to increase awareness. The event is rain or shine, with space available inside for many of the vendors.

The second year of the now annual Prince and Princess Pageant needs a new set of faces to take part in the event. This year the contestant pool will max out at six boys and six girls, so space is limited. The contest is open to children from 3 years old to 6 years old and is also only open to children who live in the Spencer-Van Etten School District or family members of school district residents who will be visiting for the event. The deadline to register for the event is August 31. Call Betty White at 589-7474 for more information and for registration.

Last year’s festival included live music and inflatable rides and entertainment, though rain spattered the event on and off. Musical groups last year included Cheyenne, Steve Southworth and the Matthews Family Tradition. Entertainment for kids was available, and should be available again this year. The festival is always the second Saturday in September starting at 10 a.m. The event is scheduled to last until 6 p.m. The Prince and Princess Pageant will start at 10 a.m. and kick off the event. Last year’s event was hosted by contestants in the Miss Spencer Picnic contest and judged by local residents.

The Chemung County mobile library was on hand for last year’s event, as well as several local organizations and businesses. A list of vendors already signed up for the event includes: Magnabilities, Scentsy, Avon, Origami Owl, My Pure Pleasure, Mialisia, Velata, Grace Adele, Mary Kay. That list should grow, but may also change as vendors are added or cancel out of the event.

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