Thousands flock to Gerritsen Beach Games

Thousands flock to Gerritsen Beach Games
Fire family: Valentina, mom Maritza, Jose, and Abraham Velez pose with their fire hats at the Gerritsen Beach Games on Gerritsen Avenue.
Photo by Arthur De Gaeta

The annual Gerritsen Beach Games street festival was, like all the years before, a smashing success, with hundreds of families and thousands of participants taking part in Sunday’s summer fun.

“When we created the event, we wanted something to bring families, parents, grandparents, and children together to all have a good time and play,” said Michael Taylor, a member of the non-profit organization Gerritsen Beach Cares, which helped to organize the event held on Gerritsen Avenue between Lois and Cyrus avenues.

There was a bevy of activities, like water balloon tosses and bucket birgades, which were fun, yet so simple that every member of the family could play.

“With most of our events, grandparents can play with grandchildren,” said Taylor. “Everybody can participate.”

Everyone who played walked away with a medal and a big grin, but only the winners got to take home the greatest prize of all — LEGOs!

Family-friendly competition wasn’t the event’s only draw, however — car enthusiasts put on a show for the Gerritsen Beach and Marine Park crowds, showing off more than $10 million worth of vintage hot rods!

The best part of all? It hardly cost participants a dime.

“It’s a low-cost street fair, where people who don’t have a lot of money can come out and have a good time,” explained Taylor.

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.

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