NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ-Not even an early morning power outage could deter the people of New Providence from coming out to celebrate their community for the 15th Annual Fall Festival on Sunday.
Mayor Al Morgan estimated that 15,000 walked, shopped and socialized along Springfield Avenue between South Street and Livingston Avenue. This year’s festivities were bigger than ever before from bouncy houses, to giant inflatable slides to spinning teacups full of laughing children and their parents. Every imaginable food was available from pulled pork to hot pretzels to fresh pierogi.
Among the crafts, rides and food; beat the lifeblood of this great borough -- the organizations and businesses. Groups including the New Providence Volunteer Fire Department, the New Providence Lions Club, The Community Service Association and the Diversity Committee of New Providence, Historical Society, New Providence Education Foundation, to name a few, showed their commitment to community unity and helping their fellow residents. The community spirit was palpable. “This fair is about celebrating our residents, organizations, and businesses; when we work together there is nothing we can’t accomplish,” said Morgan
Music rang out from every block along the fair route from the Elefante Music Stage to the Chatham Brass Ensemble and even Karaoke. Kids had the opportunity to tap into their creative genius at the various crafting opportunities, sand art and beadwork abounded among a host of items awaiting presentation to eager parents and grandparents.
No trip to the fair is complete without a lingering stop at the pony rides and petting zoo. Little girls and boys transformed into cow folk as they were guided around Springfield Avenue on gently ponies. At the petting zoo it was hard to tell who was more excited to be there; the small children clamoring to touch the farm animals or the animals themselves stretching forward for a scratch or a snack from eager fingers.
What better way to spend a Sunday than in the beautiful weather in a tight knit community.