PATERSON, NJ - Hundreds of onlookers gasped as the motorcycles soared through the air across the Wayne Avenue Bridge on Sunday. Reaching a height of at least 30 feet above the bridge’s surface the riders were surely defying death as they showed off their skills, especially with the quickly flowing Passaic River, heading right to the Great Falls, lower still, and wind speeds high enough that spectators had to hold on to their hats.

This was the first of two performances by the Jason Rowe Freestyle Motorcycle Show at the Paterson Great Falls Festival, with the crew of daredevils back again Monday for two more heartstopping shows, the first at 7:00 p.m. and the second at 9:00 p.m.

A fireworks display is set to launch at 9:30 p.m.

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With tens of thousands already in attendance the first two days of the annual festival, as many many more are expected back on the Festival’s third, and final, day Monday. The Festival, encompassing most of the McBride Avenue Extension and across the Wayne Avenue Bridge is open from 3:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. 

Packed with the usual rides and food features, the final day of the festival also has a complete lineup of performers, as well as games and vendors.

The Paterson Firefighters Association is once again manning a beer garden overlooking the Falls with all proceeds going to their foundation that supports local events and organizations.

"Come by and enjoy a beer overlooking the Great Falls," Paterson FMBA Local 2 President Kyle Hughes said.

On Friday Mayor Andre Sayegh dedicated the 2019 Great Falls Festival to City Council President Martiza Davila who expressed her pride in receiving the honor, one, Davila added, is "about loving our community, it's not about politics.”

If the first two days are any indication Sayegh’s promise that the Festival would be “fun for all families in the City of Paterson,” has certainly been met.

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