HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Rotary Fair, an annual Hillsborough tradition for over a decade, wound down on Saturday evening after a five-day run that attracted over 15,000 visitors from Hillsborough and surrounding communities.
"The Fair is our premier fundraiser of the year," saidTricia Marciano, president of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough. "The Fair enables our club's foundation to support dozens of community organizations and needs throughout the year."
Fair proceeds have provided scholarships for Hillsborough High School students attending college and vocational schools, holiday gifts for families in need, emergency equipment for the Township Emergency Services and dictionaries for all Hillsborough and Manville third-graders.
Additionally, proceeds have been contributed to local organizations that deliver critical services to community members, veterans and active military - both here and abroad, the Hillsborough YMCA, GiGi's Playhouse, Steps Together, Respite Day at Hillsborough High School, Adult Day Care Center of Somerset County, the Hillsborough High School Cross Country Team, Cheer Team and Robotics Club, Operation Shoebox New Jersey. among many others.
A Family Fun Day for Those with Special Needs
Every year, the Rotary Club of Hillsborough dedicates the Saturday afternoon of the Fair strictly for those with special needs, their families and caregivers.
For three hours, the Fair is shut down to the general public so that these families can enjoy an afternoon together at the Fair without the challenges of large crowds and sensory overload. This year, 935 guests enjoyed rides, food and games - all free of charge. Children at Fun Day received an additional treat when Sparky, the mascot of the Sonerset Patriots, showed up to greet his fans and pose for pictures.
This special day requires some special help, and several individuals and organizations stepped up to the task, including Ken Genco of Caldwell Banker, who provided the Fun Day T-Shirts, OAR (Organization for Autism Research) NJ Chapter, UNICO National (Hillsborough Chapter) and Hillsborough Education Association (HEA).