06/01/13 2:00pm
06/01/2013 2:00 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Harry Wilkinson gives children a ride on the ‘trackless train’ he built this past winter.

This past winter Harry Wilkinson of Riverhead engineered a “trackless train,” playfully dubbed the Ole Glory Express. Using a 20-horsepower lawn mower engine, Mr. Wilkinson powered his train Saturday to provide some entertainment for children.

The train was one of many attractions at the Phillips Avenue Elementary School’s Community Festival Saturday. The third-annual festival featured performances by children’s entertainer Brady Rymer and ‘The Little Band That Could.’

Money raised from the event helps fund bringing in visiting artists to the school for cultural affairs as well as funding next year’s event.

Other attractions included a bouncy house, face painting, balloon animals by teacher Kevin Carroll, rock climbing wall and music from volunteer DJ Sergio Falcones of Deer Park. The First Baptist Church’s Family Community Life Center’s volunteers cooked up some hamburgers and sausages and other goodies.

The Suffolk County Sheriff’s department gave away 200 free bike helmets, which were provided through a grant from the Governor’s traffic safety department. The sheriff’s were supposed to hold a bike rodeo to teach the children the basics of bike safety, but postponed it until the fall when the weather is cooler.

Principal Debra Rodgers said she was pleased with the turnout.

“Its bigger and better than ever,” she said. “Its an amazing opportunity to come and have fun playing together as families.”

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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Hannah Jaccard, 5, a Phillips pre-k student of Flanders, gets her face painted by Brittany Rocco of Flanders.

05/31/13 2:00pm
05/31/2013 2:00 PM
COURTESY PHOTO | Phillips Avenue Elementary students

COURTESY PHOTO | Phillips Avenue Elementary students at last year’s community festival.

Educators, parents and local residents are ready for the annual community festival at Phillips Avenue Elementary School in Riverside scheduled for Saturday.

The family-friendly event will feature a performance by children’s entertainer Brady Rymer, a BMX stunt show, bike rodeo and petting zoo.

The Carnival of Fun includes: rock wall climb, football throw, bouncy house, face painting, hula hoop contest and other activities.

Members of the local fire departments, Riverhead Parks and Recreation Department and business owners will also have booths at the event to share information with the community.

There will more than 20 vendors, a silent auction, food and beverages.

Tickets cost $3. There is no charge for Phillips Avenue students and children under 2.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rain date is June 2.

For more information, call 631-369-6786.

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