WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s not the typical service one might expect from a local government.
But that doesn’t stop Westfield from hosting an annual beer garden, something that has become so popular that would-be revelers experienced load time issues when logging on to purchase tickets Friday night.
Tickets sales started at 8 p.m. and by 10 p.m. the batch of tickets designated for Westfield residents only had sold out, organizers said on the official Facebook page for AddamsFest.
The town had announced that 1,600 tickets would be sold this year, a nearly 30% increase from the number of tickets sold for the first year of the event in 2018. In that year, the beer garden raised $19,090 in ticket sales netting the town $3,516.58, a statement posted to the town’s website shows.
In a news release, Councilwoman Dawn Mackey, chairperson of AddamsFest, acknowledged the popularity of last year’s event and the efforts to expand the offering.
“By adding the outdoor area and expanding our capacity, we can offer a substantial increase in the number of tickets available,” Mackey said. “We are grateful for all of the feedback from last year, and we are committed to an even better event on Oct. 26.”
The musical lineup for Charlie’s Ale Garden will include rock cover band The Counterfeiters, bluegrass/country band Little Secret and the rock/alternative band Shots N’ Earplugs, among others, organizers said.
The local restaurant Addams Tavern is running the beer garden, and 30% of the proceeds will benefit the municipality, under the terms of the contract the Town Council awarded for the beer garden.
Advance tickets to the beer garden cost $20, which include an entry wristband, six hours of live entertainment, and a commemorative beer or wine glass, the AddamsFest website said. Entrants must be 21 and older and provide proof of age.
Westfield has sought to make the festival, named after famed cartoonist Charles Addams, a regional draw.
All remaining tickets will be sold on the AddamsFest website starting Thursday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m., with a limit of four per transaction.
Details for ticket sales of additional AddamsFest Events will be announced in coming weeks, organizers said.
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