NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Thousands of revelers enjoyed the festivities at the annual North Plainfield Street Fair this weekend, eating great food, shopping for interesting crafts and rocking out to local bands.
“It was a beautiful day, and we had a great crowd,” said Councilman Larry LaRonde, who chairs the Street Fair for the Mayor’s Special Events Committee.
After a week of clouds and rain, the sunny, 80 degree weather brought out bigger crowds than even organizers expected and even some additional vendors.
As is the tradition with the North Plainfield Street Fair, local non-profit and charity organizations were well represented between retail and food vendors. A steady flow of residents stopped by the Shade Tree Commission’s booth to receive free trees to plant at home, and often stopped by the next booth for the North Plainfield Citizens for Community Rights.
In addition to outside food vendors hawking popcorn, smoothies and teriyaki beef, local restaurants joined in the festivities. Family Barbecue, a mainstay on Somerset Street, took a booth in front of their restaurant and served up large portions of chicken and pork barbecue with rice and sides of mangoes.
Everybody’s Everything, a local eight-piece band covering songs from the 60s to the 90s, played in the Somerset County bandshell in the municipal parking lot. Dozens of fans rocking along to Led Zeppelin, Santana and Pat Benetar songs while eating at picnic tables or drinking a brew in the adult’s only beer garden.
The North Plainfield Street Fair is always held on the second Saturday of June. Volunteers and vendors are always needed to make the fair a success, and it’s never too early to start planning for the next year. Anyone interested can call Borough Hall at (908) 769-2900 to find out how to participate.