MONTVILLE, NJ – If you wanted fun, no matter your age, the library parking lot was the place to be on Saturday, June 30 for the Montville Township 4th of July celebration.

The day began just before 1 p.m. with Police Explorer Post 805 and VFW Post 5481 presenting the colors, conducting the Pledge of Allegiance, and township resident Jackie Moldawsky singing the National Anthem.

Next came the 4th of July committee’s new take on family fun, Kiddie Town. While some residents missed having a parade, the kids didn’t seem to mind as they laughed at a magic show, played kid-sized carnival games, and received artistic balloon sculptures to their liking.

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The Olohan family band “O7” was next, with their rendition of “You Are My Sunshine” and pop hits.

The Battle of the Bands was next in the lineup. Four bands competed for an eight-hour recording session at sponsoring Architekt music.

Judges Matt Filipek, Justin Puglise and Shane Stanton of Architekt plus Brian Bowman listened to Gladiators of 2037, Mind Hazard, Champ, and Junkadoo, ultimately naming Junkanoo the winners. Comments about the winning band included Bowman stating he would hire them for a party, Filipek stating that he was intrigued that they had two basses, two vocalists and a drummer, and Puglise stating that he really liked the versatility that they brought with the mix of instruments and performers they had.

For a taste of the bands’ music, click here:

In between the bands’ performances, contests were held. First up was a hot dog-eating contest. Last year’s winner, Daniel Longo, was a contender, but could not beat the talents of Hoboken resident Kayla Darcey, who placed first after controversially eating her hot dogs without the buns.

To see some of the action from that highly competitive contest, click here:

Next up was the pie-eating contest. Contestants had five minutes to eat as much of a pie as they could – without using their hands. Cherry, apple and blueberry were offered to the brave contestants willing to stick their nose out – and into – the pies and eat to their heart’s content. Committee member Dave Plishka won the contest, although it was very close – and messy! – at the end.

To see the end of that contest, click here:

Residents also enjoyed the food trucks and rides the celebration offered.  The stage continued to rock with Dixieland Jazz, pop hits and other music from local artists, and the fireworks began at 9:30.

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