BY JON CRONIN
More than 150 vendors and artists are expected to turn out—rain or shine—for the popular Forest Hills Festival of the Arts on Austin Street on June 11.
The annual fair, which is celebrating its 17th year, is hosted by the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce. This year, approximately 100 Forest Hills businesses, which offer their wares and samples of cuisine, will exhibit at the fair.
The festival will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Austin Street between 69th Road and 72nd Road.
“It is a wonderful opportunity to meet and greet local business owners and experience all the shops, restaurants and businesses Forest Hills has to offer,” said Leslie Brown, the president of the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce. “After all, Forest Hills is small enough to know you and large enough to serve you.”
Arts-and-crafts vendors from across the tristate area will showcase jewelry, decorative items, clothing, pottery, baskets, artwork, photography, collectibles, homemade sweets, candles and much more.
There will also be rides and many of the culinary delights that Queens has to offer.
Brown noted that there will be entertainment on 70th Road at Austin Street starting at 11:30 a.m., followed by music in the afternoon.
“We have shows that are not to be missed,” said Brown.
The Varta Academy of Music’s budding young musicians will also perform. At noon, the DanceSource showcases its talented dance students and, at 12:30, All Star Studios will hold a dance performance with children of all ages.
BB King’s headliner “Big Daddy” Bruce Wayne will play the 70th Road stage from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wayne announced on his Facebook page, “Come and get down with myself and my band, The Soul Messengers, for an afternoon of classic soul and R&B.”
The festival’s grand finale will be led by L.A. Blacksmith and his tribute to Earth Wind & Fire, which will perform at the 70th Road stage from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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