LAKE COMO, NJ — The 24th annual Lake Como Day will be held today, September 28 along the scenic banks of the borough’s namesake lake.
The marque event for this Jersey Shore community will feature an afternoon of festivities that culminates with fireworks bursting over the lake at dusk. From 4 to 9 p.m., a wide array of attractions for the entire family will be situated along North Boulevard.
In addition to local favorite Simply Southern of Belmar serving up its down-home Southern dishes, there will be Italian cuisine and dessert offerings from Sweet! and Main Street Donuts of Belmar.
Children will enjoy a host of activities, including free face painting, inflatables that include a super-slide and bouncy house, and train track rides, a jumbo horseshoe pit and giant jenga.
A beer and wine tent will once again be set up alone the lakefront, as The Get Down Committee, formerly Fatback, will be getting the crowd moving with three sets of dance music — from funk and soul to Motown and Top 40 — for all ages.
In addition, Bill Clanton Jr., a member of the Lake Como Tourism Commission and program director of WBNJ 91.9 FM in Barnegat, will be broadcasting live.
And for the first time — as a way of giving back to the community — the event committee has established a sponsorship-supported scholarship fund that will benefit a college-bound Lake Como resident graduating from high school.
The scholarship is named in memory of Kenneth Shinn, who died on June 5. A 17-year member of the Tourism Commission, he served on the Planning Board for eight years before completing one year on the Borough Council. “He donated time and money to this event yearly. He will be missed,” said Frankie Jones, chair of the commission’s Lake Como Day Planning Committee.
Jones expressed her gratitude to those who helped with the event, including all volunteers and sponsors, Bar Anticipation, Deputy Borough Clerk Amy Boney, Public Works Department, Belmar Police Department and Tourism Commission, particularly Councilwoman Hawley Scull who serves as event liaison, and member Bill Clanton Jr.
Rain date is Sunday, September 29.
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