FAIRFIELD, NJ - This weekend's festivities kicked off early on Thursday as more than 500 Fairfield-area residents came out to the second annual Touch-A-Truck event at the Fairfield Free Public Library and continued into the weekend with the second annual Fairfield Recreation Soccer Night.

Community members spent time with members of the Fairfield Police Department, Fairfield Fire Department, Fairfield Department of Public Works, United States Marine Corps and West Essex First Aid Squad, who were on hand with their vehicles at the Touch-A-Truck event to demonstrate how they each operate and serve the community. 

Local businesses Sip N' Swirl, Criger's Service, Inc. and Salomone Redi-Mix were also there to show their support for the community and spread the word about their services. Sip N' Swirl gave out complimentary ice cream to all those in attendance.

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Library Director Brianne Colombo welcomed those in attendance and expressed that she was excited for families to not only become acquainted with the vehicles, but also to meet the people who operate them every day in order to better the community.

The fun continued on Friday night as the Fairfield Soccer Boosters hosted its second annual Soccer Night, celebrating the start of the Fall 2018 season. Soccer night included food from local businesses Sandwich Express and Hollywood Pizza as well as entertainment from Any Excuse For A Party and Explore Your Art.

Volunteer announcers Mike Russo and Tom Kassebart entertained the crowd with music and commentary as they introduced the boys and girls soccer teams and coaches, beginning with the first and second graders up through the eighth graders. Some of the teams included The Kickers, The Goal Getters, The Purple Panthers, Fairfield FC, Wildcats, Renegades and more.

The night began with a pep rally featuring the Falcons varsity cheerleaders performing their half-time routines and cheering along with the crowd as each soccer team burst through handmade signs. The soccer players waved, kicked, performed the worm and made other gestures as their individual names were announced.

Coach Vatch Demirdjian, who coaches the senior boys team, the Fairfield Knights made up of seventh and eighth graders, said he was thrilled that the boys decided to stick together in town despite moving on to the West Essex regional school.

"They play with heart, soul and passion and it's nice that they have decided to continue their sport and friendship together in Fairfield," Demirdjian said. "I am looking forward to a great rest of the season."

The Fairfield Soccer Boosters thanked all the sponsors and volunteers that made the event possible. Sponsors and supporters included Sandwich Express, Hollywood Pizza, Any Excuse for a Party, Explore Your Art, Lola's Ice Cream & Sweet Shoppe, Dicks Sporting Goods, Quality Impressions, the Iannia Family, soccer bows by Bowdaciousbows and bracelets by Ellie Sciacchitano. 

Soccer Night photographs were provided by Brian Gallagher.

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