LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como Day started out as a small community gathering held in a one-block area on Main Street. Free hot dogs were served from a cart, children took turns in an inflatable bounce house and a handful of local organizations offered giveaways.

Now in its 22th year, Lake Como Day has grown into a highly anticipated event, stretching along the northern banks of Lake Como, where hundreds enjoy an afternoon of festivities that culminates with fireworks bursting over the lake at dusk. This year, the celebration will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 30 with a rain date of Sunday, October 1.

“It traditionally was a small event that drew residents and locals, but it gets bigger and bigger each year,” said Deputy Borough Clerk Amy Boney, who oversees planning of the tourism commission-sponsored event. “This year, we already have some amazing vendors lined up.”

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There will be food vendors boasting a variety of menus, as well as a beer and wine tent. Merchants also will be selling a wide assortment of wares — from hand-crafted items and homemade goods to jewelry and clothing for the entire family.

Children will enjoy a host of activities, including free face-painting and new inflatables for all age groups. Live entertainment will be provided by Timepiece, a rock ‘n’ roll band that has been a Jersey Shore favorite for more than 20 years.

To commemorate the celebration, the borough’s tourism commission will be selling Lake Como T-shirts, which also are available now at borough hall, 1740 Main Street. Priced at $10 each, they are available in sizes small through 3XL.

For vendors looking to take part in Lake Como Day, attached is an application and requirements for participation. Deadline to sign up is Friday, September 15.

For more information, contact Boney at aboney@boro.lake-como.nj.us or 732-681-3232, ext. 203.

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