Popular Event Will Be Even Bigger Than Ever, With Vendor & Band Applications Due Soon
ROSENDALE – Patrons of the Rondout and Hudson valleys can rest assured that the Rosendale Street Festival will be back this summer! After a year hiatus, due to construction in the town of Rosendale, the popular event will be returning to the town on July 15th and 16th, drawing crowds to the festival's original home in the heart of Main Street.
The family friendly, two-day event will be boasting six stages, over 70 bands, and over 100 vendors, showcasing some of the finest talent that the Hudson Valley has to offer. and bigger than ever.
Planning for this year's event started back in January when co-chairs Charlie Kniceley and Carrie Wykoff started meeting, setting the groundwork for this year's event. Their last meeting, on
April 10, even featured a great turnout of local business and community supporters.
"The next steps are to launch our T-shirt logo contest and to get our site plan approved by the town board." said Wykoff, adding that the organizing team is also still looking for a few key players, including an assistant to the vendors manager and some stage managers for the weekend of the festival. "We are always looking for more help and new energy."
Festivals in the past have brought in people by the thousands from throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond for the weekend-long event. Through it all the festival has kept to its "Listen Local" motto, turning down bands from Boston, New Jersey, and New York City in order to give precedence to the Hudson Valley's local talent. Previous local groups have included Dar Williams, Marshall Crenshaw, and Graham Parker.
The festival, which runs as a non-for-profit event, takes any funds received above operating costs and donates them to other non-for-profit organizations in the area.
One such organization that has been a recipient is Operation Music Aid, where the money goes towards scholarships for local children to attend band camps, as well as for the purchasing of "adapted instruments" for children with special needs in the New Paltz, Kingston, and Rondout Valley school districts.
The festival's deadline for band applications is May 1st, though groups are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible in order to ensure a spot.
Applications for vendors and volunteers are also being accepted from now until June 26th. For vendors that reside on Main Street, applications need to be in by June 1st in order to secure a spot on their property. Early bird pricing for vendors will be accepted up until May 1st. To fill out the application interested parties can head over to the festival's website: rosendalestreetfestival.org.
It's safe to say that with the absence of last year's event, community members are eagerly waiting to make up for lost time this time around... and that includes the entire region.
See you at the festival!