Warwick's Springfest enjoys clear skies and a big turnout

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:12

    WARWICK - The general consensus was that a combination of good planning, advance publicity, attractive posters, excellent weather and, in particular, the road signs designed by Wright Communications all contributed to the success of this year's Springfest. The celebration, chaired by Barbara Laurence, was held on Saturday, April 24. Although the following day had been selected as a rain date, it wasn't needed since the weather was near perfect for the occasion. Many may recall that last year, as a result of a forecast of heavy rain, Springfest, formerly known as April in Paris, had to be rescheduled at the last minute. The decision, although down to the wire at that time, was a good one. The committee had to scramble to get the last minute word out but the effort worked and the crowds came. And they were back this year. All of Warwick's downtown merchants, vendors and restaurants enjoyed a brisk day's business as crowds of visitors strolled along Main Street and Railroad Ave. Thanks to the sponsorship of WVT Communications, formerly known as the Warwick Valley Telephone Co., visitors were treated to exciting performances by The Skyriders, a premier team of International trampoline champs. Warwick resident Ken Kovach, who heads the team when they perform for NBA halftimes and other events, was on hand to demonstrate why he holds world records in trampoline. Other events during the day included live music, free tennis lessons, courtesy of Warwick Racquet Sports, and the popular annual pet parade and contest. "We have more vendors than usual this year and that adds to the festivity of the occasion," said Deborah Blomfield, president of the Merchants' Guild. "This was a great day."