BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The annual Berkeley Heights Summer Festival and Street Fair will take on a down-home, local flair when the sixth edition kicks off on Sunday, June 24th.

This year’s festival - sponsored by The Connell Corporation, the new Embassy Suites Hotel and Grain and Cane Restaurant, is expected to draw nearly 20,000 people, according to Paul Neuwirth, owner of Taylor Rental and coordinator of this year’s event. “From free carnival rides to a new, improved beer garden hosted by Delicious Heights and a 'Heights has Talent,' musical showcase, this year’s Summer Festival is a way for local business to say ‘thank you’ to the people of Berkeley Heights,” said Neuwirth. “With the addition of a local 'Touch A Truck Expo,' more local businesses and more local restaurants- this year’s event will put the best of Berkeley Heights on display.”

Dozens of crafters, non-profit organizations and commercial businesses will have displays and activities along Springfield Avenue between Snyder Avenue and Plainfield Avenue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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The inaugural “Heights Has Talent” show will be showcased on the Investors Bank main stage, donated by Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Local bands, musical groups, dance groups and martial artists. Seating will be available on Springfield Avenue.

The Touch A Truck Expo, set up at the intersection of Springfield and Plainfield Avenues, will have fire trucks, tractors, excavators and maybe even a moving truck for kids to climb on and explore. Vehicles will be brought in by township officials, local contractors and businesses.

“Berkeley Heights is a great town for families, so we are going to highlight the family friendly activities and vendors,” said Neuwirth. Children’s rides and a lazer tag game will be free of charge thanks to donations by local businesses including Overlook Hospital, Smith Chiropractic Foundation, Berkeley Development, Taylor Rental, the Liberty Group, Anything Floral, Firestone Tire, GRA Architects, Overlook Hospital and JCP&L. Other sponsors include DeFabio Chiropractic, Special Tees Printing of Berkeley Heights, Pearly Whites, Marcello’s Italian Restaurant and Berkeley Hardware.

The street fair, produced by This Is It Productions and also sponsored by TAPInto Berkeley Heights and Derco Printing, will include a health and wellness area, showcasing local fitness facilities and medical providers. Home Improvement vendors are always plentiful. And according to Neuwirth, Chamber members, local businesses and local non-profit organizations can take advantage of reduced vendors fees – the lowest fees in six years.

Craftspeople, food vendors and restaurants looking to display at the Festival can contact the Suburban Chambers of Commerce office at info@suburbanchambers.com or call 908 522-1700. Those looking to give back to the people of Berkeley Heights and sponsor local activities are asked to contact Mr. Neuwirth at Taylor Rental, 908 464-9111. Sponsor forms and vendors forms are available at PNeuwirth@Taylorrental.net.

“The Business community in Berkeley Heights has always been very supportive and the Summer Festival gives local business a chance to stand up, thank the people of Berkeley Heights and be part of a wonderful, family event,” said Neuwirth

The event is sponsored by the Suburban Chambers of Commerce, which includes the towns of Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Summit. Funds raised support the local community with programs such as the Vest A Cop program and college scholarships.

 For more information please visit berkeleyheightsstreetfair.org.