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May Day Music & Food Festival

at Southaven County Park | Sat May 11


Southaven County Park

Victory Avenue
Yaphank, NY 11719

Date & Time

12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sat, May 11, 2019
Cost:    $35 Adults / Free for Children (12 and under)

The Suffolk Association of Municipal Employees, New York State’s largest independent union with 6,000 active and 4,000 retired workers, today announced a May Day Music and Food Festival to raise money for scholarships, donations to Long Island Cares: the Harry Chapin Food Bank, and for union organizing efforts.

The event will take place from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019, in Southaven County Park in Yaphank, and will feature two stages of live music for children and adults with local and nationally acclaimed bands, 10-to-15 food trucks, award-winning local craft beer and wine, and family fun events, including face-painting, trail tours, a petting zoo, arts and crafts and more.

“Organized labor is under attack from the courts, politicians, and right-wing extremists,” Suffolk AME President Daniel C. Levler said. “We organized this festival with that in mind as a call to action, and we expect crowds in the thousands to heed the call and rally together in celebration of both community and organized labor. We are deeply grateful for our sponsors who share our vision and have generously contributed to the success of this event.”

Roger Clayman, Executive Director of the Long Island Federation of Labor said, “The May Day Music and Food Festival will be a great event for our members and their families. It highlights the labor movement’s commitment to Long Island’s communities by making significant contributions to local charities and food banks.”

Organizers say they expect thousands of people to attend, drawing from the community at large as well as AME’s 10,000 active and retired workers, along with The Long Island Federation of Labor’s 250,000 members. The Long Island Federation of Labor is one of the event’s biggest sponsors.

Tickets are $35.00 for adults; children 12 and under are free of charge. All net proceeds will be split into four groups with 25% toward scholarships for AME members and their families, 25% to scholarships for the Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, 25% to Long Island Cares: The Harry Chapin Food Bank and 25% for union organizing and activities through the AME general fund.

Listed below are the confirmed list of performers to date with more performers anticipated as the event gets closer.


• Gin Blossoms
• Steve Earle
• Brian Fallon
• Jesse Malin

Local/Regional Performers:

• Miles to Dayton
• Cassandra House
• Quarter Horse
• Easy Chief
• Martini Garden
• Soundswell
• Funkin’
• His Boy Elroy