BAYONNE, NJ – A slightly different location and some new attractions are among the features of the 2016 edition of the Bayonne Hometown Fair, which will take place this weekend.
Like last year, the fair will feature food, games, rides, vendors, and musical entertainment.
This year the fair will take place along Broadway, from 21st to 25th streets, and on a small section of Del Monte Drive. Part of the fair was moved to accommodate construction on a medical arts complex between 23rd and 24th streets from Broadway to Del Monte Drive.
The hours will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 12.
Amusements will again include will include a 55-ft. Ferris wheel, inflatable rides, and mechanical rides. The inflatable rides are free, but there is a charge for mechanical rides.
The fair stage will be at 25th Street and Broadway near McDonald’s, and the opening ceremony will take place there Saturday at 11 a.m.
Saturday’s entertainers include Dance with Me, Melissa Rada’s Group, Jillian Torres, Joe Calamito (doo wop music), Dynamics Band, Kay and Ray, Blue Dawg Band, the Al Frantic Band, and pirate characters and fairy characters.
Sunday’s entertainers are the Bayonne High School Steppers, Strange Days, Shots, the Detonators Band, and super hero and princess characters.
Police, fire and medical vehicles will be available for the public to see. A CarePoint Health van will offer free health screenings.
In addition, more than 60 vendors and organizations will participate, with tables along Broadway from 21st to 25th streets. They will feature food, merchandise, giveaways and information about community organizations.
“Last year’s fair was a great success,” said Mayor James Davis. “Dozens of organizations, businesses, entertainers, and volunteers are working to make sure that this year’s fair is even better.”
Attractions that will make the fair more fun this year are the meet-and-greets with SpongeBob SquarePants on Saturday and Peppa Pig on Sunday, according to Carrissa Golomb, Bayonne Hometown Fair Association president. The characters will take photographs with children.
Why should people come to the fair?
“It’s an amazing family event that brings our community together,” Golomb said.
The business community and other organizations have come out in force to sponsor the fair this year.
Platinum sponsors are Bayonne Community Bank and CarePoint Health. Other sponsors and their levels are: Barnabas Health and Investors Bank, Gold; Crossfit Bayonne and Journey Community Church, Silver; and Bergen Medical Sports & Spine, The Dii Store, Cricket Wireless, Bayonne Exterminating, All State Insurance and Inserra Supermarkets, Bronze.
This will be the second year of the fair in its current format, in a concentrated area on Broadway and a few side streets. It had been spread out over a longer area in the 1990s. The fair returned last year after a 15-year hiatus.
There is no fair rain date. In the event of inclement weather, an effort will be made to continue or resume the fair, as circumstances permit.