Crowds Gather For BBQ & Community Resource Fair

MIDDLETOWN – Senator James Skoufis (D-Hudson Valley) welcomed several hundred Orange County residents for his now-annual community barbecue and resource fair in Middletown’s Erie Way Park on Saturday. The barbecue, hosted in partnership with TD Bank and the City of Middletown, brought together 25 agencies and community organizations to share information about their services and local offerings.

The Middletown Fire Department served up complimentary hotdogs, burgers, and fried foods, while Rita’s Italian Ice kept folks cool, and DJs from Vargas Productions kept barbecue-goers moving with a lively set from the stage. Upstate Jamboree provided lawn games for the kids, and Autumn, a local artist from People Paint, offered up her face-painting talents all afternoon.

Yaa Yaa Whaley-Williams and Anthony Williams at the bar-b-que.
Yaa Yaa Whaley-Williams and Anthony Williams at the bar-b-que.

The barbecue, an evolution of Skoufis’ Taco Sunday event held in Newburgh last year, offered a chance for the Senator and his team to introduce themselves to – and get to know – the broader Middletown community.

“My team and I have been a resource for the entire Orange County community,” said Senator Skoufis, “and we hope our neighbors in Middletown will come to know us this way as well. We’ve been blown away by the passion and generosity of this city and we look forward to doing all we can to support Middletown in the years to come.”

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