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2017 Central Jersey Jazz Festival Planning is Underway

The Central Jersey Jazz Festival is one of Hunterdon's newer traditions. Credits: courtesy photo

FLEMINGTON, NJ – Flemington is gearing up for the Central Jersey Jazz Festival, the three-day event that happens next month.

The will be the fourth year that Flemington will be part of the annual festival. The tri-county event held in conjunction with New Brunswick and Somerville will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 through Sept. 17. The open-air event attracts music and art lovers as well as foodies from all over the state and nearby metropolitan area.

The Festival will open here on Friday and is being produced by Flemington Community Partnership.

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When the Jazz Festival first expanded to Flemington, it was produced by the borough’s Business Improvement District. Last year, because of changes underway at the former Business Improvement District that led to the creation of the FCP, the event here was produced by Hunterdon County Rotary of Clinton, North and the E-club in partnership with Sanford Josephson of the NJ Jazz Society. That group moved the event to the county’s Deer Path Park in Readington.

With the FCP now producing the event, it will be returned to Main Street. Performers here this year will include Jeff “Tain” Watts, Lezlie Harrison and Willie Martinez.

“Anything that’s happening other than the musical entertainment, we’re responsible for,” FCP Executive Director Ann Meredith told her board last week. That means contracting with food trucks, selecting vendors and “creating the experience” is the job of the FCP, not the overall Festival organizers.

To assist with that, the board has hired resident and former borough councilman Joey Novick to manage some of the details.

Novick is looking for volunteers to work at the Festival, which will be held from 6 to 10 p.m., rain or shine. If you or your group want to help, phone Novick at 908-892-6859 or send him an email.

Meredith said that this year, FCP plans to have VIP seating for sponsors and a beer garden.

FCP has already raised $6,500 in sponsorships for the Festival. Meredith said she has a goal of attracting 4,500 to the event.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to correct the erroneous statement that there was a beer garden at the Corn & Tomato Festival.

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