Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the 2018 Bayonne Hometown Fair will take place on Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10. This will be the fourth 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 5:00 p.m. The fair will be located along Broadway, from 21st Street to 25th Street, and along 23rd Street to DelMonte Drive in the west and to Church Lane in the east. The 2018 fair will feature food, games, rides, vendors, and musical entertainment. Mayor Davis said, “The 2017 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 2018 Hometown Fair.”
The Hometown Fair Association is the organizer of the event.
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, and will be sponsored by the Bayonne Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ).
This year’s fair will also feature a skate demonstration; live art installations; Captain Bayonne; and a beer garden. The Vic Tavern will operate the beer garden on 23rd Street.
The main stage for the fair will be set up on 23rd Street by Church Lane. A second performance space, the community stage, will be set up on 23rd Street by DelMonte Drive.
The opening ceremony for the fair on Saturday will take place at the main stage at 11:00 a.m. Mayor Davis will take part in that ceremony.
The following performers will entertain on Saturday at the main stage: Vinne Ferrone (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.); Strange Days (1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.); the Paul Addie Band (2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.); the Blue Dawg Band (4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.); the Joe Taino Band (5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.); and Jaded Past (7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.).
The following performers will entertain on Saturday at the community stage: Princesses (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.); Artist Avenue (1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.); Superheroes (2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.); Party of Five (4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.); Beeman and Bannon (5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.); and Greg Aulden (7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.).
The following performers will entertain on Sunday at the main stage: Treble Band (12:00 noon to 12:45 p.m.); Streetlife Serenade (1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.); Soul Shine (2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.); and Bryan Beninghove (3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.).
The following performers will entertain on Sunday at the community stage: Princesses (12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.); Mr. Magico Show (1:30 to 2:30 p.m.); Jillian Torres (3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.); and Rich Casella (4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.).
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.
About 100 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. The Bayonne Fire Department, the Hudson County Corrections Department, the Hudson County Sheriff, McCabe Ambulance, and the St. Barnabas Burn Foundation will participate. A CarePoint Health van will offer free health screenings.
RWJ Barnabas Health and CarePoint Health are both gold sponsors of the fair. BCB Community Bank is a silver sponsor of the fair.
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.