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Chamber: SummerFest a Big Hit

Ticket sales top $100,000 at annual Sayville festival.

The Sayville Chamber of Commerce celebrated the end of the 31st  SummerFest at its monthly meeting Tuesday at Oysterman's Pub and Restaurant.

More than $100,000 worth of ride tickets were sold over the three-day event, said Janet Berger, co-chair of the event. She added that there only a few minor incidents over the weekend, and just one injury. 

Summerfest is the biggest fundraising event the chamber holds, and business owners at the meeting said they had new customers shopping in their stores over the weekend.

Another Chamber event, Margaritaville, is set for this Friday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the rear parking lot of the stores on South Main Street near Gillette Park. This is the event's ninth year  and more than 3,000 people are expected. There will be prizes for best Parrothead (for adults and children) and entertainment. 

Separately, Ken Mangan, who will be challenging Assemblywoman Ginny Fields in a September primary for the right to be the Democratic candidate in the Fifth Assembly District race in November, spoke to chamber members on Tuesday.

Linda Pratt from the Sayville Village Improvement Society also spoke to members about an upcoming fundraiser the organization is holding.

"I survived the Summer Beach Party" is set for Monday, Aug. 30 at Sayville Public Beach, which is located adjacent to Land's End restaurant on Browns River Road, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be live music by the D-Fenders. A donation of $15 in advance or $20 at the door covers admission. For more information, call Suzanne at 589-9113 or send a check by August 28 to SVIS, PO Box 382, Sayville, NY 11782.

For more information about the Sayville Chamber of Commerce, check out their website.

Liz August 13, 2010 at 01:44 AM
What happens with all the money that is raised?
Denise Nash August 13, 2010 at 03:15 PM
Hi Liz. The Chamber promotes commerce in the community and holds a great deal of events throughout the year. These events, as well as their other efforts to beautify and promote the community, are possible because of fundraising events like SummerFest. Some more obvious examples of how the funds are used are for events like SummerFest and Margaritaville (which is tonight). In addition to the actual event, funds are needed for generators, port-a johns, clean up crews etc. A lot goes on behind the scenes. The Chamber also promotes the community through advertising as well as beautification. American flags are hung downtown for holidays, planters are cared for and planted and all of this is done by the Chamber. I hope this answers your question. More information is on their website www.sayvillechamber.com.
Liz August 13, 2010 at 04:31 PM
Hi Denise, Thanks for the information. I am sure lots of people wonder what becomes of all the monies generated during the Summerfest weekend. The Patch website is great BTW.
Denise Nash August 13, 2010 at 04:47 PM
Sure! Thanks for checking out the site. Keep commenting. I love the feedback! Have a great weekend. Denise

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