HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Dr. Dan Marulli, longtime member of the Hillsborough Rotary Club, stood at the entrance of the Hillsborough Rotary Fairgrounds Saturday afternoon welcoming a steady stream of guests to Family Fun Day.

“This is what it’s all about,” he said.

Saturday was the day he and his fellow Rotarians had been looking forward to all year - three hours of unbridled fun for the kids and their families.

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The families of children with special needs were invited to the grounds of the Hillsborough Rotary Fair and had full run of the attractions, fames and rides. Drinks and food were free.

Rotary members drove ATVs through the fairgrounds handing out ice water and ice cream.

Township officials led by Mayor Frank DelCore and Rotary members were there to welcome Rep. Leonard Lance, R-7th, but the special guests were the kids and their parents.

Alexandra R. Donnadio, Miss UNICO Hillsborough 2016-17 also visited for the day, posing for pictures, greeting guests and helping to hand out ice cream.

The Rotary had help from Angelo’s Pizzeria of Hillsborough, EdyJon Zeppolis of Hillside, and the Dunellen/Green Brook Rotary Club, who cooked burgers, hot dogs, pizza and zeppolis.  Weis Supermarkets donated the water and ice cream.

This was the fourth year for Family Fun Day, an event that embodies the spirit of the Hillsborough Rotary Club, according to Abed Medawar, president – a sense of caring, a spirit of friendship and compassion and dedication to the community.

The Ninth Annual Hillsborough Rotary Fair continues Saturday night from 6-11 p.m. The final day of the six-day fair is Sunday, Aug. 21.

The fair is held at the township field adjacent to the Lowes Hillsborough Promenade, 315 Route 206. Admission is free.

The six-day carnival attracts approximately 15,000 people each year, and is one of the Township’s largest and most popular annual community events. Fair proceeds go directly to support a variety of Hillsborough community organizations and projects.  

The Rotary Fair features 21 amusement rides by Majestic Midway Amusements, games by Paladin Amusements, a DJ, a wide selection of food, various displays by area vendors and a petting zoo.

Featured rides include the Himalayan, Bumper Cars, Ring of Fire, Super Shot, Sizzler, Zipper, Carousel, Kite Flyer and many more.

The Hillsborough Rotary Club has over 40 active members from Hillsborough and surrounding communities.   Members include business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

The Hillsborough Rotary serves the Hillsborough community.  All funds raised at the Rotary Fair and other Rotary events throughout the year are donated back to community projects. The Hillsborough Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Pheasants Landing Restaurant at 311 Amwell Road in Hillsborough.