ROXBURY, NJ – There’s no plan to change the name, but this year’s Circle Day party in Ledgewood won’t end when daylight fades.

Sponsored by Circle Bowl & Entertainment, a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor, the second annual Circle Day is currently scheduled to start at noon on July 22 and run until 9 p.m. said Circle Bowl Marketing Director Garrett Stahl.

“We’re going have little bit of a night life this time which is going be exciting,” he said.

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Stahl said last July’s first installment of the event – which took place both inside the establishment and out front in its parking lot – was very successful. About 1,000 people showed up and most seemed to have a good time, he said.

So - convinced Circle Day can become a yearly Roxbury tradition - the company is determined to make “Circle Bowl 2.0” bigger and better than the 2017 version.

“We are doing the outdoor carnival still, and we should have more games and more attractions this time, so that’s going be cool,” Stahl said. “I haven’t talked to the fire department yet, but I’m pretty sure they’ll be in again with a dunk tank and funnel cake.”

Last year a few vendors were in attendance. This year, there should be a lot more, according to Stahl. “First dibs” on spots at the event will go to Circle Bowl’s current vendors, but Stahl said local businesses that want to set up a booth should contact him.

“We want to keep it local,” he stressed.

More Beer; More Food

An expansion of the beer offerings is also being weighed. Stahl and crew are toying with the idea of a “beer and bacon festival” that might feature offerings from the many breweries supplying Circle Bowl’s “Big Ed’s Tap House” with beer, including craft brews.

“I know the kitchen is working on something,” he said. “Last year we had an outdoor beer garden. This is going to be different. We hope to have a lot of (brewery) sales people here to talk about their beer and really push it. Last year Devil’s Backbone (Brewing Company) was the only one that showed up.”

As was the case last year, the event will feature free bowling and free carnival games, Stahl said. There will be bigger and better prize raffles too, he said.

“Value-wise, they will be five times what we had last year,” Stahl said. “It’s going to be a crazy amount of raffles. Basically, last year everybody who came in got a ticket. This time you’ll earn your ticket by doing different activities throughout the day. The longer you’re here, the better your chance of winning raffle tickets.”

Once the sun sets, there will be some “night-life” activities including a cornhole tournament and a pong tournament, Stahl said. Although the current plan calls for live music only during the daytime, “that could change” he added.