Gerritsen Beach Games draws large crowd

Something for everyone at annual street festival

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Hot rod: Rebecca De Witt poses by a 1968 Ford Mustang, one of several show cars that lined Gerritsen Avenue at the Gerritsen Beach Games.
Cold war: Evan Fitzgerald shows off the gold medal that he received following the water balloon contest.
Water works: Joe Fox cools off at the fire hose that was set up by the Gerritsen Beach Fire Deptartment.
Fire girl: Charlotte Donegan poses with her face painting and a firefighter’s hat as she sits inside a fire truck at the Gerritsen Beach Games.
Sweet treat: Edgar Duran chomps down on watermelon to beat the heat.

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 or by calling (718) 260-4514.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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