East End businesses brace for a busy fall weekend
It’s one of the last weekends before Halloween, so pumpkins are likely to be packed in the east.
People who live in places like Jamestown are delighted that businesses in the area are doing well, but success also brings congested roads to the area.
North Fork resident George Lojko says those looking to participate in the fall activities will need to give themselves plenty of time to get to where they are going.
He says his neighborhood is usually full of quiet roads that turn into parking lots on fall weekends.
“The main road, Sound Avenue, Peconic Bay Boulevard. Wrapped up, ”says Lojko.
The problem has persisted in the area for years due to high demand for pumpkin picking, corn mazes and other family entertainment in the area.
John Conigliaro of Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm in Aquebogue says customers come from all over Long Island and parts of New York City.
He says anyone planning a trip this weekend should leave early.
“You want to avoid the traffic, try to get here,” says Conigliaro. “There will be a queue at the front door at 9 am, there will be cars lined up. It is best to get here before noon.
Despite the traffic on the roads, many East End residents say it is worth it if it brings success to local businesses.
“It’s the nature of the beast,” says Jamesport resident Todd Brewer. “It’s beautiful here, there are big orchards, there are cellars, so you’re not going to stop people from coming.