NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Our Lady of Peace held its annual fair on church grounds from May 15 through Saturday night with hundreds of community members in attendance. 

The fair was a fundraiser for both Our Lady of Peace’s parish and school and consisted of several carnival rides, raffles, food vendors and a 50/50 drawing.  

According to volunteer Tricia Doria, all of the proceeds go to Our Lady of Peace and all except a few specialized food vendors are volunteers and are either members of the parish or had or currently have a child attending the school.

Volunteer Anna Mercanti said that she enjoys the sense of community when helping out at the event.

“The best part of the fair is the sense of community.  Everyone comes together as a school and parishioners in full force to support Our Lady of Peace,” Mercanti said.

She added that people of all ages were in attendance, including current and past students, parents of students, parishioners and community members.

New Providence resident Jen Kessler told TheAlternativePress.com that she and her family attended the event because her children attend the school and she wanted to help support the community.

“We’ve come for the past three years and we always have a blast,” Kessler said.

She added that her daughters have been excited about the fair since they saw the initial set up days in advance.

New Providence High School sophomore Chanel DeJesus said she enjoys partaking in the community event because she likes the variation of food and running into classmates.

“The carnival is a lot of fun. I was here yesterday also, and I went on a lot of rides then like the Gavitron, Riptide and Ferris Wheel,” DeJesus said.