The second annual Astoria Park Carnival and Amusement Fair was held under the shadow of the RFK/Triborough Bridge in Astoria Park. Thousands attended the four day event. The second annual Astoria Park Carnival and Amusement Fair was held under the shadow of the RFK/Triborough Bridge in Astoria Park. Thousands attended the four day event.
Those who attended the fair, produced by the Central Astoria Local Development Corporation (CALDC) and organized by its CALDC Executive Director Marie Torniali, enjoyed numerous rides including the Ferris Wheel, the scrambler, merry-go-rounds, funhouses and indulged in fried Oreos, hot dogs and sausages, burgers, ice cream and cotton candy.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for a family affair without having to travel a great distance,” said CALDC President George Stamatiades.
—Jason D. Antos
The most popular ride at the carnival was the Ferris Wheel which offered spectacular views of Astoria and Manhattan.
A fairgoer tested his strength with an old fashioned quarter machine. The object was to grab a pair of bullhorns and bring them together as close as possible against a high level of resistance. According to the machine, the man had the energy of a “Marine”.
Children and adults enjoyed amusement rides like the Orbiter.