NEWTON, NJ—The Town of Newton held their 15th annual Newton Day Festival on June 9, which began at 10:30 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.
The weather was beautiful and the sun was shining for the residents to come and walk up and down Spring Street, looking to buy toys, paintings, clothes, and more from vendors, along with food.
Vendors who were set up on the street included:
- Face painting by Joyce
- Weichert Realtors (giving out gold fish and kids toys)
- Downtown Dollar Store
- Affordable Beaded Jewelry
- Edye’s Naturals
- Sumak Makey
- Franky’s Café (food truck)
- Fallingwood Studio
- New England Novelty
- Wells Fargo Bank (giving out kids toys)
- Collectibles Toy Box
- Mission Chiropractic
- Resale Brigade
- Organic Life Style For Greater Livin Food
- Phyllis DeName
- Cait’s Paints
- Glitter Tats/A Painted Face
- Jimmy’s Kettlecorn & lemonade (also selling hot dogs)
- McCabe & McCabe
- Flipping Burds Jewelry
- Rockhard Pickles, LLC
- Club Expidria, LLC
- Primerica Financial Services
- Pearson’s Crawdaddy’s
- Kudzu Emporium
- Home Depot
- Hart & Iliff
- Hayek’s Market (selling ice cream)
- Robin Lennon Designs
- Between the Bread (selling drinks and treats)
There were also a number of non-profit organizations who came out to spread their messages to the residents of Newton.
- Literacy New Jersey
- Celebrate Recovery
- Living Waters Fellowship
- American Red Cross
- Norwescap Head Start/Early Head Start
- Sussex County Democratic Committee
- Project self Sufficiency
- Newton Board of Education
- Sussex County Office of Mosquito Control
- Sussex County Arts & Heritage
- Sussex County Now
- Sussex County Division of Senior Services
- First Presbyterian Church (sold hotdogs, hamburgers, and drinks)
- Newton Pride Organization (ran a 50/50 raffle)
- Faith Baptist Church
- Newton Robotics Team
- American Fox Terrier Rescue
Members of the Newton Fire Department as well as the Newton Police Department stopped by to hand out Junior Police badges to children, let them sit in the old fashioned fire engine and get a fire fighter hat at the end of their ride.
Newton Pool and the Sharks Swim team also had a table where they held a drawing for two free pool memberships.
Events were scheduled throughout the day. From 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.- on Spring Street enjoy vendors, food, and fun with RC Mixer’s Entertainment all day, Al Gori’s Merry Go Round all day and self-guided walking tours of Historic Newton.
At noon, there was a Mad Science presentation sponsored in part by the Mitchell Agency and then at 2:30 p.m. there was Rizzo’s Reptiles presentation, sponsored in part by Harold E. Pelow and Associates.
Then around 4:30, Spring Street opened back up and the festivities moved down to Memory Park where there were inflatables, children’s games and contests. Around 5 p.m., the “Battle of the Bands” was held, along with wagon rides, food, drinks, and vendors at the park.
Around 9 p.m. as the sky finally started to darken, Newton Residents gathered 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 15th Annual Newton Day Festival came to an end with the grand finale exploding all across the sky.