Dreary skies and light drizzle didn’t deter residents from enjoying Malverne’s 25th annual Fall Festival and Classic Car Show last Sunday. It was hosted by the Malverne Chamber of Commerce, and local businesses lined up next to the train station to welcome residents and neighbors who took part in the festivities.
“The morning weather made us a little nervous, but it turned out great,” said chamber President Henry Stampfel, the owner of Malverne Cinema. “Many of our residents showed up, there were plenty of activities for the kids, and it stayed busy throughout the day, so we’re pretty happy about that.”
Children had a variety of activities to choose from, including rock climbing, face-painting, pumpkin picking, and checking out the vintage automobiles on display.
One of Troop 24’s newest Cub Scouts was excited to be a part of the festivities for the first time. “We’re selling as much popcorn as we can to help the Boy Scouts,” Zaain Humayun said with a grin.
His father, Zeeshan, echoed his enthusiasm. “It’s a great festival, we love being a part of this community, and we love what the Boy Scouts are doing for this festival,” he said.
Some residents said they had attended the event for many years. “It’s a lovely show,” said Larry Lane, who has taken part for nearly 20 years. “It’s convenient because it’s right in our [village], and it’s a nice little gathering.”
Lane said that the event has steadily grown in recent years, and features more classic cars. He added that events like this offer residents a chance to meet others who share their love of cars. “People who are aficionados of cars, that collect rides for this event, are generally good people,” he said.
“Our festival is a lot different than other fairs,” Stampfel said. “While more of our businesses have taken part in this event over the years, I’m very proud to see and hear about the interaction between our residents and our businesses.”