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Fifth Avenue fair brings in sweet family fun • Brooklyn Paper

Fifth Avenue fair brings in sweet family fun

Flatbush cotton candy king Fretzell Drewer, 17, spun his sweet magic while “Pot Belly Gumbo” kept the crowd clapping and toe-tapping with an ear-ful of harmonies at the Fifth Avenue Family Festival in Park Slope.

Elsewhere along the stretch, Chef Shinji Nistikawa of Kappa Sake House sculpted aromatic sushi rolls, and Angelina Clark, 6, had her face painted with bright designs — to rave reviews from dad Melvin.

The crowd-pleasing group helped foster the fun at the Fifth Avenue Family Festival next to the Old Stone House on April 24, where festivities — presented by the Fifth Avenue BID along Fourth Street at Fifth Avenue — ran the gamut from Smoke House family tours about fire safety from the Fire Education Foundation, to an Earth Day celebration by the New York Hall of Science, showing kids how to make puppets from recyclables.

Those looking for a taste of Brooklyn, found it from Dean to 17th streets where merchants showcased the best of the avenue with many restaurants hosting menu samplings. The first 200 lucky youngsters also got a goodie bag filled with treats and coupons.

“We wanted to bring something to Park Slope that supports not just our families but our businesses as well,” said BID Director Irene LoRe, who owns Aunt Suzie’s on Fifth Avenue, between Garfield Place and Carroll Street.

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