Shop til' you drop at River Road Fair


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  • Photos by Anya Tikka Fair goers were interested in the jewelry.




  • One of the Dingman's Ferry United Methodist Church ladies gave out free cupcakes, brownies, and fudge.




  • Connor Nugent (4) was enchanted by the many kittens and Jinxie the fully grown cat in cages.



If you wanted to shop for bargains, Barryville’s whole River Road running along the Delaware turned into a huge garage sale the day after July 4.

Along the walk from one end of River Road, you could buy homemade quilts, used books, receive expert eagle information, advice, and photos, and jewelry.

You could even adopt a puppy or a kitten from the Port Jervis Humane Society who turned up in force with kitties and puppies ready for adoption. They drew a steady crowd, who clustered around the cages. Kids especially were enchanted.

And then there were the usual jewelry, art, and bric-a-brac for sale you’d expect at a garage sale.

Caroline Act, who’s on the board of Directors of Port Jervis Humane Society explained there's an urgent need to get the animals adopted.

“We’re on Route 9 in Huguenot," Act said. "We’ve got tons of cats, tons of kittens, and the dogs. We’re absolutely overfilled now. And if you can’t adopt, we would love to have volunteers, even if it’s to walk the dogs once every two weeks. They could just use that human touch.”

A little further up in the United Methodist Church yard, the food fest started. Home baked strawberry shortcake, and assorted other food items had been prepared by the church ladies.

They gave away cupcakes, fudge and brownies free of charge, “Because we love the Lord,” said the lady currently behind the counter when the Courier went by.

She’d come from the Dingman’s Ferry United Methodist Church downriver.

Pastor Doug Miller serves both Barryville and Dingman’s Ferry United Methodist Churches, and explained the church hosted on the Fair. “This is not a money making deal," Miller said, "this is just showing hospitality. That’s what it’s about, hospitality.”

Anyone could rent selling space for about $25 for the day.

Martin DeLeon came to the fair with her son Jared.

“I have friends, so I found out about this, and we decided to try to sell some stuff,” DeLeon said.

They set up a table on the church yard.

“They did a fair trade this morning,” he continued, “And the food’s always good. I enjoy it.”

Annie Craig provided entertainment with her guitar and melodious singing at the church yard.

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