10/14/2006 - 1st Annual Street Fesitival: The Village People

Street Festival


Exciting times are back in Bergen’s County Seat. The Hackensack Upper Main Alliance, the Greater Hackensack Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Hackensack are gearing up for the first Hackensack Street Festival which will be free to the public.

Hundreds of merchants and food vendors will line the street as Hackensack turns Main Street into a family fun festival.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 14, 2006. The festival will be held on Main Street between Mercer and Passaic Street, rain or shine. Main Street will be closed to traffic during the hours of 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Leo Pflieger, Executive Director of the Upper Main Alliance say there will be featured entertainment rides for the children, including a trackless train, inflatable obstacle course, rock wall and castle bounce. Pflieger says in addition there will be a costume character review, petting zoo, pony rides, clowns and stilt walkers.

This event is to help recreate the image of Hackensack’s business district and to make it a more friendly oriented place to come down to shop and do your business. We are going to have sausage and peppers, zeppoles, cheese steaks, pizza and a variety of ethnic foods Pflieger said.

The Upper Main Alliance Special Events Chairman, Eddie Decker, of Musically Yours, said the event will include two main stages for both musical performances and demonstrations. The main stage will highlight the nationally recognized Village People. Decker says the schedule of events for the main stage will begin with words of welcome from Mayor Karen Sasso, Jerry Lombardo, Chairman of the Upper Main Alliance, and John Conklin, President of the Greater Hackensack Chamber of Commerce at 11:00 A.M. Following the words of welcome the School of Rock will perform from 11:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., the Tierra Dentro Orchestra, featuring Kelly Victoria, from 1:30 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. and finishing up with our headliners, the Village People, from 3:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.

Darlene Damstrom, Executive Director of the Greater Hackensack Chamber of Commerce says the second staging area, located at the newly refurbished courtyard at the Johnson Public Library will host a variety of entertainment including a Bergen County Police K-9 demonstration, Karate Academy and Dance Studio demonstrations, and the Johnson Public Library renovation ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled at 1:00 P.M.

Jerry Lombardo, Chairman of the Hackensack Upper Main Alliance, says there has been overwhelming response for the support of this event through the sponsorship program created by the Upper Main Alliance. Businesses are excited to be able to display their goods and products and showcase their businesses for the day.

Mayor Karen Sasso says the goal of the event is to draw people of all ages and all backgrounds to Hackensack. The people of Bergen County will witness the continued redevelopment and growth of Main Street as they are reminded of the great businesses currently existing and to see new businesses, architecture, streetscapes and changes as the years go by.

Shuttle bus service for the event will be available at the following locations: Johnson Park, located on the corner of E. Anderson and River Street; Foschini Park, located at the corner of Midtown Bridge and River Street; and the Justice Center parking lot located on the corner of Court Street and River Street.

WHAT: The Hackensack Street Festival

WHERE: Main Street between Mercer and Passaic Streets

WHEN: Saturday, October 14, 2006 – 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT: The Village People, School of Rock and
Tierra Dentro Orchestra

SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE: * Johnson Park, located at the corner of Anderson
and River Street

* Foschini Park, located at the corner of Midtown Bridge and River Street

* Justice Center Parking Lot located at the corner of Court Street and River Street