Spring Fling offers plenty of everything

Annual Amsterdam festival draws more than 140 vendors

Children ride cars along tracks at Amsterdam's fifth annual Spring Fling fair on Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

AMSTERDAM — The fifth annual Spring Fling on Main Street Saturday had plenty of everything–crowds, vendors, food, rides and sunshine.

“It’s bigger than I thought it would be,” said Theresa Keenan of Scotia.

Christina Hildreth of Canajoharie, who was with her, thought the location, accessibility and parking was good.

“You can’t ask for a better day,” said Michele Pawlik, recreation specialist with the city’s Tourism, Marketing and Recreation Department, which organized the event.

She said the fair brought in more than 140 vendors.

Crowds of people walk along Main Street at Amsterdam's fifth annual Spring Fling fair on Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

“We have a waiting list,” she said. “We were sold out three months ago.”

“We’re trying to bring activities back to the city. We want businesses to invest here.”

Children were lined up for rides and the bouncy houses. “The kids’ rides–the kids love it,” said Yola Richardon of Amsterdam.

Angelo Sanchez, a city youth, was making his own fun by doing flips on the street.

Joe Leone of Amsterdam gave the fair a thumbs-up for being “neat, clean and well organized–with a lot of good food.”

Rosemary Burger of Amsterdam talks with Joseph Omrighaus of Boy Scout Troop 48 at Amsterdam's fifth annual Spring Fling fair on Saturday. He was seeking donations to build a fence around the community garden at 78 Wall St. in Amsterdam as his Eagle Scout project. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

“The music is just right,” said Rosemary Burger of Amsterdam. “It’s not too loud.”

Harrison Michael’s band and the headliner, Vinny Michaels, provided tunes along with DJ services with Tom Foster of Spinner Productions.

This type of event is good because it gives people something to do, said Dillon Reinhart of Amsterdam.

Joseph Omrighaus of Amsterdam Boy Scout Troop 48 was at a booth raising donations for his Eagle Scout project, a 5 1/2-foot high fence around the community gardens at 78 Wall St. to keep out animals.

“I’m hoping to get the project done pretty soon,” he said. “A fence will make it more apparent the lot is being used. It’s not just abandoned.”

People enjoy meals on Main Street at Amsterdam's fifth annual Spring Fling fair on Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Nearby, Bernadette Twente, founder and president of Grow Amsterdam New York, was talking about composting with Kate and Jim Teresco of Amsterdam.

The organization promotes the betterment and beautification of the city through composting, recycling and community gardens, she said.

Among the more unusual vendors was Carol Jordan of Amsterdam who was drawing caricatures.

Also, Jami and Jeremy ELSaid of Champlain sold jewelry, such as octopuses, dogs, feathers and snails, and wind chimes made from used forks, spoons and knives. “My husband has always been very creative,” said Jami.

St. Mary’s Healthcare had a booth at which they advised people how to avoid too much sun exposure that may lead to skin cancers. They handed out coloring books and crayons to inform children.

Carol Jordan creates a caricature of baby Michaela Santos for Amarilys Caez, second from left, and Yamirelys Caez at Amsterdam's fifth annual Spring Fling fair on Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

The fair was sponsored by The Sentinel of Amsterdam.

Shawn Levesque and Tessa Richardson, both of Amsterdam, have their hands full with, from left, Aurora, Ecco and Nevaeh Leverque at Amsterdam's fifth annual Spring Fling fair on Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

A mule character offers free swag at the Sticker Mule booth as people walk along Main Street during Amsterdam's fifth annual Spring Fling fair on Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Amsterdam Police officer A,J. Fiorillo lets children pet his K-9, Bruno, from left, Ashley Figueora, Lola Valentine and Jeriel Badan, at Amsterdam's fifth annual Spring Fling fair on Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

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