BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - After three of the five days of the annual Mount Carmel Fair in Berkeley Heights were a washout due to rain, the township of Berkeley Heights was eager to come together in celebration on the last day of the fair on Wednesday.
The fair began at 6 p.m. and from that point on masses of people could be seen taking the trek from their parked cars to the fair, walking together as a community, to honor the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Upon entering the fairgrounds one was mesmerized by the atmosphere; crowds of people were roaming around enjoying rides such as the ferris wheel, where they could get a magnificent view of the whole carnival, or, if the patrons were a little more daring, they could take a ride on the zipper that whipped them around for a few minutes at a time.
For those who were not about the rides, there were plenty of games and prizes to win and lots and lots of food. The aroma of Zeppoles and fried Oreos filled the air and the image of colorful snow cones and puffy cloud like cotton candy conies were all around.
For adults who were looking to win there was a 50/50 and the chance to win an in home beauty treatment from Mary Kay. Local fundraisers like Med Express, Toys for Tots and Young Life College were represented at the carnival.
Even though all these extravagant events were occurring, the most sought-after ceremony had yet to commence -- the fireworks by Garden State Fireworks and the Santore Family. The fireworks began at 11 p.m. to close out the carnival, but patrons were setting up lawn chairs from the moment they arrived.
The spectacular hourlong firework show was an extravagant way to end such a timely event for the Berkeley Heights community. From the first boom of the “bomb” on the morning of the 16th to the last boom of the fire works, the community was already left yearning for next year's carnival.