MILLBURN, NJ - Summer may be over, but the perfect sunny weather stuck around for the annual Millburn/Short Hills Street Fair, held on Millburn Avenue between Main Street and Spring Street.
Over the course of the afternoon, visitors to the street fair were able to walk down the middle of the section of Millburn Avenue that had been blocked off, as vendors sold their wares at craft booths.
The smells of food and drinks filled the air as well, with multiple booths selling everything from the traditional burgers and lemonade were flanked by carts selling more modern foods, like rolled ice cream.
At the Millburn Chamber of Commerce booth, Director Roxanne Giacalone spoke with TAPinto about the how and why the chamber puts on the street fair and other events throughout the year.
"We sponsor the street fairs to generate exposure to Millburn," Giacalone said, explaining why the chamber puts the fair on. "People enjoy visiting the street fairs, walking around downtown [and] stopping at Taylor park to see the millwheels."
Giacalone also said that the fair had the effect of also ginning up business in downtown, as well as connecting residents during a day out.
"Many of the merchants opened today that aren't open on a Sunday because they know that street fair brings in a lot of people," "The attendees at the street fair get a chance to see the businesses, because they're walking around...in the days of social media, I think we tend to get our information go from work to home and we don't always get out so much.
"So this does encourage people. I see people hugging each other. maybe they haven't seen each other in a while. It's great for business."
One of those residents was Lisa Helmacy. Helmacy, a Short Hills resident attends the street fair regularly, and said that she always enjoys being able to connect and meet with other residents.
"It's great," Helmacy said. "I mean, we run into people we haven't see in a while...it's terrific to just come out and reconnect with the town downtown."