NUTLEY, NJ - Nutley families flocked to Franklin Avenue for the Father’s Day Street Fair. The annual event raises funds for the Nutley Ice Hockey League. 

There were rides for the children and games where fathers and their kids could play together. Tables of varieties of crafts to purchase along with a variety of pickles and olives to sample and buy lined both ends of the avenue. United Tae Kwon Do Center instructed children how to break boards with different kicks and punches.

Dennis Maguire was spending time with his dad, Ryan, collecting donations at the Booster Club’s table for the Hockey League. “After this we are going to my sister’s, have a barbecue and some beer, perfect weekend,” said Ryan.

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A variety of bands performed throughout the event playing tunes to get the crowd entertained. People sat on the lawn of Nutley High School to watch as they ate food from the several food trucks parked on Franklin Avenue. Kebobs, empanadas, sausage and peppers and snow cones were a few of the offerings at the fair.

David Tallarida, 9, was learning how to break a board with a snap kick as his father Mike was watching. “Earlier in the morning we went to a father-son whiffle ball game at the Nutley National Little League field,” said Mike.

Joe Cascio and his family, wife Patricia and daughter, Emily, 4, were sitting on the NHS lawn watching the band RC Unlimited, eating chicken teriyaki kebabs and drinking ice cold lemonade. “After this we will be grilling, clean out the basement, watch a movie and watch golf. We love it here, this is the third year we came to the street fair,” said Joe.

Carlos Proana was with his one-year-old daughter, Giavanna, playing Skee-ball. “We are going to barbecue after. It’s all about being with the family and enjoying this beautiful Father’s Day.

Andrew Gumbny, 5, was with his dad Ryan. “I made a card and a present for my dad, a lady bug out of a rock,” said Andrew.

Joe Besterci and his daughter Amanda, 7, were enjoying some snow cones.  “We’re going to a barbecue, it’s a gorgeous day,” said Joe. is the only locally owned news organization serving the Township of Nutley. is accredited by the New Jersey Press Association.

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