The Borough of Fair Haven held its annual Fair Haven Day on June 10, 2017 at Fair Haven Fields and welcomed an estimated 5,000 people. As this year marks Fair Haven’s 100th anniversary, this event was a special community-wide celebration for the borough. The Foundation of Fair Haven, which is a 501(c)3 not for profit – tax exempt charity, has been raising funds to help offset the cost of the Fair Haven Day activities. Foundation of Fair Haven President Susan Sorensen noted that the borough had its Centennial in 2012. “It was such a success that the following year we held the first ever Fair Haven Day; and we have not missed a year since.” She added, “As always, members of the community volunteered to help make the day a success.”
Sorensen co-chaired Fair Haven Day along with a committee that included Betsy Koch and Mary Friedman, chaired volunteers; Marie Noglows, sponsorships and communication; Jacquie Rice and Lauren Porter, fundraising; Amanda Lynn, Mark Mancuso, Mike Borneo, Nicole Rice, Erin Gotch and Adam Ludman handled event coordinating. “We have a really strong committee and team,” she noted.
The top two sponsors for this event were Forefront and Holman Frenia Allison, P.C.; the volunteer t-shirts were sponsored by Daisy Chocolates and committee member and beer tent t-shirts by Shea Communications. The next level of sponsors included Rice Wealth Management, Allied Fire and Safety, Flair Cleaners, Tonneman & Connors Family Law, and Boynton & Boynton. Community businesses offered a variety of food options. “Sickles donated amazing fruit; Acme donated a drink station; NJ American Water had its “puddle” truck there for free water; Brennan’s supplied the wonderful picnic fare; Lusty Lobster had its famous Lobster Rolls and seafood platters; Booskerdoo arrived with its delicious baked goods and coffee; and new this year was The Lighthouse with italian ice and ice cream,” said Sorensen.
Music during the event was provided by River Road Band and The Pat Roddy Band. There were attractions for the children, as well as many for the adults to enjoy. The Bouncy Houses were sponsored by Fair Haven Martial Arts, Gloria Nilson Realty – Jane Heller, and Remax Paradigm Realty. The Fair Haven Business Association (FHBA) sponsored the kids face painting and 1st Constitution sponsored all the many Glow Necklaces that were distributed. The beer taps were sponsored by Two River Computer, The Fair Haven Shopping Center, Rispoli & Borneo, Barrett & Pavluk, and The Foundation of Fair Haven. The mugs were sponsored by the FHBA.
Sorensen shared, “We hope that Fair Haven Day was a way for all of us to share in the celebration of how much we love this idyllic community. The Committee and The Foundation of Fair Haven host the event along with the Borough of Fair Haven which sponsored the fireworks. We hope everyone had a wonderful time! Please mark your calendars for September 16th when we will be hosting our annual fundraiser for Fair Haven Day known as Oktoberfest, which will be held at Fair Haven Fields. We will be including food trucks, adult beverages, many vendors, lots of family fun along with great music including Remember Jones.”
Photo Credit: Kim Levin Photography