Story: Susan Murphy | Photos: Julianna Meinz
The Foundation of Fair Haven held its annual family-friendly community-based event, Oktoberfest, on September 16, 2017 at Fair Haven Fields. Well over 2,000 people were in attendance, noted Co-chair Susan Sorensen.
Food trucks from Tony’s Italian Sausage; Surf BBQ; Readie’s Fine Foods; The Zeppoli Guys; Coffee Surf Co ; Ice Scream Ice Cream & Italian Ice; and Philly Pretzel Factory were onsite. Activities included laser tag, soccer bullseye, corn hole, pumpkin bowling, and a magician. Adults enjoyed the Beer and Wine Garden as well as the newest addition of Craft Beers from Two Ton Brewery, Jughandle Brewing, Wet Ticket, Dark City Brewing, Carton Beer, Birravino and more. Vendors from Amanda’s LuLa Roe; Wood Box Soap; Penelope Traveling Boutique; Dot Dot Smile; The Painted Mermaid; The China Closet; Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski; Arbonne skin care and wellness; Jersey Girl Beauty; RFH Rowing – The Rumson Boat Race; Chase Bank and Rolling Video Games offered a wide variety of merchandise.
Live music was performed by the Moroccan Sheepherders who opened; Wait Till Friday; and the closing band Remember Jones, whose band member Brielle von Hugel was a semi-finalist on American Idol Season 11. One of the top sponsors for the event was JCP&L which sponsored the music, as well as The Grove of Shrewsbury which sponsored many of the activities. Rumson-Fair Haven High School Key Club members volunteered for the event and worked the kids’ activities. Committee members and several local resident volunteers helped to set up.
Members of The Foundation of Fair Haven and the Oktoberfest Committee, many of whom overlap, worked diligently to make this event a success. Co-chairs Susan Sorensen and Amanda Lynn were joined by Elizabeth “Betsy” Koch; Mary Noglows; Mark Mancuso; Mary Friedman; Mike Borneo; Erin Gotch; Nicole Rice; Jacquie Rice; Adam Ludman; Audrey Henne; and the Borough Clerk Allyson Cinquegrana and Recreation Director DJ Breckenridge.
Susan Sorensen shared, “On behalf of the entire committee, I would like to thank all of the people who came to the event, our sponsors, the bands, the vendors, the volunteers and of course the Borough of Fair Haven for such a successful Oktoberfest. We were so happy that so many people from Fair Haven and the surrounding communities came out on such a beautiful night. Thank you.”