Soggy afternoon can’t sink Church Avenue festival

Fair weather fans: Revelers brave rain for Church Ave. street fair

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The heavens opened up on the Church Avenue Street Fair.

Cold rain put a damper on the May 1 party between Coney Island Avenue and Rugby Road, but locals managed to eke out a good time anyhow. Youngsters didn’t get a chance to jump around on the bouncy castle, but they still had fun chowing down on all of the goodies from various food vendors, said one Kensington resident who brought her 5-year-old brother to the fair.

“The rain messed everything up, but other than that, it was good — we got some food, my little brother got his cupcakes,” said Veronica Gonzaga. “He wanted the bouncy house, but he did have fun. As long as he had his cupcake, he was happy.”

About 10 food vendors came out to promote their businesses and had many street fair-attendees lining up for some grub despite the rain, according to an organizer from the Church Avenue Business Improvement District. Those who braved the wet also had the chance to win two tickets to see Toni Braxton at Kings Theatre and 10 gift certificates to local restaurants.

And local luthier Maoz Ezra from Ezra Guitars did yeoman’s work trying to drive the gloom out with song, his wife said.

“He was playing in the cold until he couldn’t move his fingers anymore,” said Leilah Ezra. “Those brave souls that came out in the rain to support us, we’re very appreciati­ve.”

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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