Community revels in annual Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival
by Jennifer Khedaroo
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Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival 2018
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Thousands of local residents enjoyed the annual Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival on Sunday.

The event was organized by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation (GWDC) and took place on Jamaica Avenue between 80th Street and Woodhaven Boulevard.

Entertainment ranged from live bands, carnival games and pony rides, as well as a gymnastics showcase and food from around the globe.

Members of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association were on hand to inform residents about their civic group, as well as assist people with voter registration.

“We’re basically here for the residents helping them with everything and anything, and if it’s not us helping them, we help them get to where they need to go,” said Janet Forte. “We had a woman who just stopped by and bought a Woodhaven T-shirt because she lives in Washington State, but she’s from here. We loved that and asked her to share her photos on our website.”

The event is an opportunity for Woodhaven to put on a strong display of community, said association president Steve Forte.

“Everybody comes out and they all have a good time,” Forte said. “I like the food. You can put on ten pounds if you walk from one end of the fair to the other.”

The late Maria Thomson, the longtime GWDC executive director and former WRBA president, will have a street co-naming at Forest Parkway in her honor on October 10.

Thomson, who passed away in January, was an instrumental part of the Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival. Her successor, Lisa Komninos, said she knew Thomson would be proud of the community joining together for a day of fun.

“The Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival was a great success,” said Komninos. “In the past Maria Thomson always told everyone to pray for sun on our day. This year we had a gorgeous day and we all knew that she was looking down on us enjoying the fair.

“Maria had a big part in our street fair day and always will for years to come,” Komninos added.
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