Alper’s True Value Hardware store holds annual Karmacue Festival

Autumn Moon, News Editor

On May 19, Alper’s True Value Hardware store held its 11th annual Karmacue festival in Port Washington.

The event was located along main street from 12 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., and included a variety of barbecue, street food, games and crafts in celebration of summer and Memorial Day being right around the corner.  At the end, Port citizens voted on the best barbeque.

To add to the day, a stage was set up and different musicians were able to perform for a live audience.  The festivities included bands such as Hat Trixx, Chick Idol & Friends, and other music groups hosted by Bach2Rock.

“Seeing live music was super nice, especially since the weather was gorgeous out so being outside was really enjoyable,” said sophomore Ribecca Sperry.

The Karmacue festival not only brought Port Washington together as a community, but it also contributed to a great cause.  The festival raised money for qualified charities that are dedicated to improving the community for all residents.

This year’s food vendors included Schmear Market, Yummy Gyro, The Grill Shack food truck, and Ralph’s Italian Ices.  The Peace, Love, Art studio was also set up, so kids were able to participate in various crafts and miniature art projects.

“Having the vendors was really great, and I think that the whole barbeque competition was a really fun addition to the day,” said junior Tobey Tick.

The streets were also decorated in the spirit of Memorial Day.  SF Falconers Florist created a large balloon arch in celebration of the festival that residents walked under as they entered the street fair.

Various merchandise was also sold, including shirts that read “Karmacue 2019,” and profits went to the Port Washington Community Chest.

The barbeque competition was also an attraction for attendees.  This year’s roster of teams included New Pigs on the Block, BBQ’s Brothers, LaDiliQ, Pork Washington, Kick Ash BBQ, Determined BBQ, Saucy Rascals, Where There’s Smoke, HG que, and Young Family Christmas BBQ.

The winner of the event will be released on the Alper’s website and Facebook account.

“It’s really nice that Port Washington does events like Karmacue, because not only are people brought together but they also are helping one another and benefiting their own town,” said senior Ava Sann.

All in all, many found the day to be a success and all who attended or participated were able to celebrate the coming of summer in the name of a good cause.