It’s that wonderful time of the year when the air is crisp, and the holiday spirit begins to embrace us. As we approach Thanksgiving, a heartwarming tradition in Huntington, New York, is gearing up to make the season even brighter.
On November 23, 2023, at 9 AM, the Thanks4Giving 4-Miler Fun Run hosted by the Townwide Fund of Huntington will take over the streets of Huntington. Rain or shine, the event promises to be a delightful morning filled with community spirit, athleticism, and charitable giving.
The starting point for this memorable run is the American Legion Hall at 1 Mill Dam Road, Huntington, NY 11743. The race begins at 9 AM, with participants gathering at 8:30 AM to soak up the pre-race excitement.
The Thanks4Giving 4-Miler Fun Run has become a beloved tradition for Huntington residents and beyond. It’s a day where more than 2,000 runners, ranging from seasoned athletes to spirited novices, come together to run for a great cause. But the event isn’t just for the adults – the Family Fun Run ensures that kids and families can also be part of this heartwarming tradition.
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The Pickle Festival is also a perfect way to connect with history. Alexander Gardiner, known as Greenlawn’s Pickle Pioneer, played a significant role in introducing pickles as a cash crop to the region. And let’s not forget Samuel Ballton, who earned the title of “Greenlawn Pickle King” by cultivating a staggering 1,500,000 pickles in a single season. These individuals are the threads that weave the rich tapestry of our local history.
The GCHA extends its heartfelt gratitude to the sponsors who have made this event possible. M & T Bank, TD Bank, Digho, The Ammirati Team, Robert & Priscilla Hughes, Toby & Beverly Kissam, Water’s Edge, and The Laurel Group have shown immense support, ensuring the Pickle Festival’s success.
As the GCHA celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, the Pickle Festival stands as a testament to its dedication to preserving and sharing the history of Greenlawn and Centerport. The association’s mission to research, collect, record, and preserve artifacts, photographs, and fine arts continues to enrich our understanding of the past. Through events like the Pickle Festival, the GCHA provides the public with an opportunity to step into the shoes of our forebearers and gain insight into early life on Long Island.
As you explore the Pickle Festival grounds, take a ride on the newly restored Lollipop Train, and relish in the atmosphere of community and camaraderie, remember that you’re not just attending an event – you’re contributing to a legacy. A legacy that pays tribute to the pioneers, farmers, and innovators who shaped our history and laid the foundation for our vibrant community.
So come one, come all, to the 43rd Annual Pickle Festival on September 16th. Whether you’re a pickle aficionado, a history enthusiast, or simply someone looking for a day of fun, this festival has something for everyone. Let’s celebrate the crunchiness of pickles and the richness of our heritage – all in one tangy, joyous event!
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