FAIRFIELD, NJ – The Fairfield Municipal Alliance hosted its “Kick Off the Summer 2015 Event” on June 17 on the Hollywood Park Turf Field. Co-sponsored by Fairfield Recreation, the Fairfield Knights of Columbus and the Fairfield HSA, the event featured entertainment provided by Any Excuse For A Party! Inc. including inflatable rides, a trackless train, carnival games and a dunk tank. Residents of Fairfield were invited to come experience the many attractions along with other treats like hot dogs, pizza, popcorn and cotton candy.

The Fairfield Municipal Alliance presold 400 wristbands for admission to the event, according to Program Coordinator Denise Cafone. Along with sponsoring town events, the Municipal Alliance also coordinates programs focusing on drug and alcohol awareness and prevention in Fairfield schools. The Kick Off the Summer Event was paid for through a yearly grant received from the Governor’s Council on Alcohol. The money from wristband and food sales was put into a donation account.

“These are the funds to be expended on various projects like this,” said Cafone, gesturing to the lively commotion around her.

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Community connection and family fun were also goals of the event. Children jumped and tumbled in bouncy houses, played catch with volleyballs and ran through the field in search of their next activity. Kids and adults alike lined up to throw balls at a dunk tank to try to soak a daring member of the Municipal Alliance. A splash, laughter and applause announced whenever someone hit the target.

Many patrons appreciated the variety of attractions that provided entertainment for children and adults of all ages.

“It’s a good chance for the kids to all get together,” said Fairfield resident Michelle Mitchell. “We have school-aged kids, so they’re with their friends. It makes us happy.”

Her husband, Gregg Mitchell, said, “I like the fact that it brings everyone together and starts the summer off on a high note. We always come out to these things with the town.”

Resident Julie Roccasanta welcomed the focus on building community ties and providing a safe, entertaining space for families to ring in the summer.

She said, “It’s vital to the town to keep the activities alive and keep everyone together as a community.”