MILLBURN, NJ – The sweet aroma of funnel cake and fried Oreos often reminds people of the Jersey shore, yet on Sunday afternoon these foods along with many others attracted hundreds of people to the Millburn Chamber of Commerce’s annual Street Fair.
It took place on Millburn Avenue and Spring Street and featured more than 150 artists, crafters, vendors and merchants. There was a wide selection of food, live music by the Flying Dogs of Jupiter and the Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir, inflatable rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, games, clowns and jugglers.
Among the numerous vendors was JTs, which originated in Ohio and is slowly making its way into New Jersey. They specialize in shredded turkey sandwiches and are widely known for their Thanksgiving special, which has stuffing, gravy, turkey and cranberry sauce on a potato roll.
Dan Allds, an Ohio native started it in New Jersey with his girlfriend Rosemary Lubertazzo last summer. They primarily attend street fairs, but Lubertazzo said the feedback has been tremendous and they plan to open their first store at the Jersey shore within a year or so.
“Our goal is to bring the product to the east coast,” Lubertazzo said. “Hopefully everybody keeps loving our product. “We’re very unique. You can’t get anything like this around here.”
After chowing down on turkey, Millburn residents had the opportunity to fill their sweet tooth with cupcakes from Bim’s Flavors of Maplewood. Oby Otti has always loved to bake and two years ago, she started Bim’s with her husband Benson. She was nervous at first, but said it has been a dream comes true. They have been extremely successful and cater to many different occasions.
While their number one seller is red velvet cupcakes, they once made a cake in the shape of Elmo’s head.
“People have been really good to us,” she said. “Whatever you want, we can make it happen.”
To raise awareness about the aging water system, New Jersey American Water invited people to view a 3-D design of what it looks like underground. Infrastructure is important because every two minutes a water main breaks somewhere in the U.S. and 15 percent of New Jersey American Water’s 9,000 miles of pipes are nearly a century old.
Richard Barnes, the external affair manager for NJAW said with over 100,000 customers in the state, it is crucial for people to be aware of the need to replace the infrastructure.
“If it’s underground you can’t see it,” he said. “We have to bring what’s underground above ground to show people what’s going on. You really don’t think about the water company until something breaks.”
As children scarfed down pizza, burgers and sugary treats, some took a break to get their faces painted. Lilly Jacobs and her friend Alexandra Sinins said they love going to the fair and try to attend it every year.
“I think it’s great,” Jacobs said.