NEWTON, NJ - Despite the impending weather claims and tiny sprinkles, the annual Newton Day festival went off without a hitch last weekend.

On Saturday, June 11, after the Firehouse 5K run at 9 a.m. and awards ceremony at 10:30 a.m., the Newton Day celebration kicked off at 11 a.m. on Spring Street.

The festival is sponsored in a joint effort every year by the Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce and the town of Newton.

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This year, although the vendors seemed light, the residents came out in  full strength to see the Historic Downtown Spring Street.

First Presbyterian Church of Newton sold hotdogs, hamburgers and snow cones. Hayek’s Market was selling ice cream.

There was also the “Amazing Liquid Volcano” drink that both the USA National Miss Garden State Pre-Teen, Mackenzie Genung, and Junior Miss Spirit of the USA, Danielle Penny got a chance to enjoy.

Activities this year included a bobbing for ducks game, where participants picked a duck out of a pool of water and got to win a prize. Michael Francisco, a 2 1/2-year-old resident of Newton, won a Dolphin.

“I’m going to name her Blue,” he told Tap into Newton.

Other games included a bean bag toss, where the prize was stickers and lollipops, a balloon dart game, and a rubber ducky bucket toss, where those who were first to play won plastic sand pails. There were also tables for face-painting and sand and candle art.

Some of the vendors:

  • Tastefully Simple
  • United Methodist Communities-Bristol Glen
  • Laddey, Clark & Ryan LLP
  • Quinlan Hospice
  • Century Link
  • Tri-State Actors Theater
  • GNCC
  • Home Depot
  • Green Village Computer Help
  • Christ Community Church/Celebrate Recovery
  • Project Self-sufficiency
  • Verizon
  • Newton First United Methodist Church
  • Sussex County Community College
  • Miller Brothers MMA & Fitness
  • Faith Baptist Church
  • Valley View
  • Lakeland Bank
  • Christian Faith Fellowship Church
  • ZuFall Health
  • And more…

The Newton Police Department, Newton Board of Education, Newton Town Council, Newton Braves Cheerleading, Newton Pride Foundation, Newton Roller Hockey, Halsted Middle School, Newton Robotics Club, and the Newton Sharks Swim Team all represented the town at Newton Day.

There was a reptile show at 2:30 p.m. by Rizzo’s Reptiles and a mad science presentation at 4 p.m., before the scene moved down to Memory Park for a night of hayrides, bounce inflatables and fireworks to end out the evening.

Newton Residents gathered at Memory Park to see the clear night sky light up with fireworks. Children of all ages and sizes stood with friends and family and watched the display.

As the bright colors and sounds could be heard all throughout the Town of Newton, the 13th Annual Newton Day Festival came to an end with the grand finale exploding all across the sky.