Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the 2017 Bayonne Hometown Fair will take place on Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11. This will be the third annual fair in its current format. On Saturday, the fair’s hours will be from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. On Sunday, the fair’s hours will be from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. The fair will be located along Broadway, from 21st Street to 25th Street, and on Del Monte Drive from 22nd Street to 24th Street. The 2017 fair will feature food, games, rides, vendors, and musical entertainment. Mayor Davis said, “Last year’s fair was a great success. Dozens of organizations, businesses, entertainers, and volunteers are working to make sure that this year’s fair is even better. I look forward to seeing everyone have a great time at the 2017 Hometown Fair.”
Amusements will include will include a 55-ft. Ferris wheel, mechanical rides, and inflatable rides. There will be a charge for the mechanical rides. The inflatable rides will be free.
The main stage for the fair will be set up at 25th Street and Broadway by McDonald’s Restaurant. A second stage will be set up at 21st Street and Broadway.
The opening ceremony for the fair on Saturday will take place at the 25th Street stage at 11:00 a.m. The starting event will include a Boy Scout flag ceremony and a rendition of the National Anthem by Artist Avenue Performers.
Musical acts and other performers will entertain on Saturday: Paul Addie; Vinnie Ferrone; Artist Avenue; La Fuerza Positiva; Dynamics Band; Blue Dawg Band; Joe Taino; DLC Trio; Altar Dog; Party of Five; Jillian Torres; Bailey School of Talent; Princess Jasmine and Elena of Avalon; Batman and the Joker; The Guitar Den Kids; Spanish Serenade; Beeman and Bannon; and Sequoia.
Musical acts and other performers will entertain on Sunday: Conclave Jazz Band; V Music Featuring Doc Watson; Evolution X Band; Princess Tiana and Moana; Superman and Wonderwoman; The Theater Group; Fusion Twirlers; Bob and Norm; The Detonators; and Strange Days.
There will be various games at the fair to raise funds for local non-profit organizations. Basketball Challenge will benefit the Bayonne Friends of the Handicapped. Basketball Challenge will run on both Saturday and Sunday, and will be open to both children and adults who would like to try to make the most shots in a row. A dunk tank will be available for non-profit organizations to use as a fundraiser. Interested organizations should contact the Bayonne Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) at 201-858-6357 about using the dunk tank.
More than sixty vendors and organizations will take part in the fair, with tables along Broadway from 21st Street to 25th Street. The tables will feature food, merchandise, information about community organizations, and give-aways of various promotional items.
Police, fire, and medical vehicles will be available for visits by the public. A CarePoint Health van will offer free health screenings.
There is no rain date for the fair. In the event of rain, every effort will be made to continue or resume the fair on the scheduled days, as circumstances may permit.