VERONA, NJ - It may have been chilly this past Saturday, but that didn’t stop hundreds of residents from attending Verona’s Fair in the Square. They crowded the center of town to experience the food, fun and friendship of one of the town’s most popular events.

Entertainment was provided by local children’s entertainer Ron Albanese, aka Polka Dot. In addition, live performances by students from local dance studios and the H.B.Whitehorne band were featured on the steps of Verona Town Hall. 

The square was lined with tables from over 80 crafters and vendors. Many local non-profit organizations used the fair for community outreach and fundraising opportunities. The Verona Lions Club provided free ear and eye screening, the Friends of the Verona Public Library held their annual book sale and the Verona Cub Scouts sold concessions.

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“We go to fair in the Square every year! This year my son volunteered with Cub Scout Pack 32 to hand out hot chocolate and snacks,” said Julia Allen. “We also enjoy visiting local businesses and vendors, playing games, and going to the library to warm up! It's a great way to celebrate the holiday season and spend time with friends.”

The Fair in the Square culminates with a Christmas Tree lighting. This year, the State Champion Verona High School football team helped light the tree (along with Santa, of course).

It was a time for new traditions as well. In past years, those wanting a more “up close and personal” Santa experience would pop into Terry’s Pharmacy to take pictures with Santa there. Many residents were concerned that with Terry’s closing, the opportunity to see Santa for snapshots would be gone too. However, Blue Hippo Coffee Co. took up the mantle and along with former owner of Terry’s, Les Gwyn-Williams, offered professional Santa pictures in return for donations to local charity Team Zoey Progeria Research.

New traditions or old, it’s clear that Fair in the Square will keep residents coming to the center of town for years to come.

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