FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood is in the Finals!
The Borough has made it to the championship round of New Jersey Monthly's 2019 "Small Town Showdown," a bracket-style elimination competition that began on August 27. The contest pit 16 towns against each other. In Round 3, Fanwood crushed Park Ridge by a nearly 5-to-1 margin. In previous rounds, Fanwood made it past Bernardsville and Chester.
Meanwhile, Lambertville edged Point Pleasant Beach on the other side of the bracket by just 25 votes.
"It's something that would not have been possible ten years ago. We have been working non-stop to create a vibrant downtown where none existed before," said a clearly elated Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr in an interview with TAPintoSPF. "Part of the criteria beyond population size and average home price was: What does the town offer?"
Mayor Mahr points to the evolution of Fanwood's recreation program over the years. ("There's always something new.") The Carriage House near Borough Hall hosts a musical performing arts series, and in the past year, Fanwood's poetry series celebrated 20 years of bring some of the most renowned poets from across New Jersey and beyond to town.
The mayor credits the dedication of Fanwood's volunteers for much of its success.
"As a small town, we could never afford to offer so many services for our residents were it not for the dedication of volunteers. We have a strong sense of community here in Fanwood. It's what makes it such a great place to live and raise a family," Mayor Mahr said.
In recent years, Fanwood has seen Ladies Night Out grow to become an event that attracts hundreds of women to the downtown area for a spring celebration. Three years ago, Fanwood added the Fan Jam Music and Food Truck Festival to its annual calendar of events. Just last week, Fanny Wood Day was a huge success.
Upcoming in the fall are health-related events, including the annual Super Hero 5K Race and a new Women's Wellness" health initiative
that the Mayor is introducing this weekend on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Dhammakaya Meditation Center (257 Midway Ave. near the corner of Martine). Later in the year will be the popular Christmas tree lighting and winter celebration and Santa's arrival by fire truck in December.
To vote for Fanwood in the Small Town Showdown, click here
. The winner will be announced on Oct. 1 at Noon.