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July 8 Should Be on Your Calendar for Jefferson Fest - fireworks and more!

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The Township of Jefferson and the Jefferson Arts Committee are thrilled to remind you that Saturday, July 8th will usher in a new era in Jefferson Township as the 30 year old Jefferson Township Day event becomes the new Jefferson Fest – Food Truck Festival, Concert, and Fireworks celebration on the fields of the Jefferson Township High School at 1010 Weldon Road, Milton/Oak Ridge.

Overview of Events:

  • FREE Parking & FREE Admission to the Jefferson Township
  • High School Fields, 1010 Weldon Road, Milton/Oak Ridge, NJ
  • YOUTH FISHING DERBY – Sponsored by Trout Unlimited Fred S. Burroughs North Jersey Chapter–Weldon Road Fishing Education Pond – from 1-3 pm for children up to 15
  • IRISH ROAD BOWLING TOURNAMENT – Wiegand Farms, Catholic Charities Way – 3 pm – pre-registration required (form available at www.jeffersonarts.org)
  • DJ EARL - SOUND SOLUTIONS – JTHS fields - Music & kids’ activities - 5 to 7 pm
  • BOUNCE AROUND– JTHS fields – 25’ Climbing Wall (nominal fee) – 5:30 to 7 pm
  • FABULOUS FOOD TRUCKS – JTHS fields -- 5:30 to 10 pm – Cheezen, Surf & Turf,
  • Empanada Guys, Jersey Johnny’s, The French Quarter, Oink and Moo, Maddalena’s Cheesecake, and Jumbo Jr. Ice Cream
  • "THE BRITISH INVASION YEARS" CONCERT –Main Stage–JTHS fields - 7:15
  • 50/50 RAFFLE DRAWING – Main Stage - JTHS Fields -- 9:20 pm
  • FANTASTIC AERIAL FIREWORKS – Interstate Fireworks - JTHS Fields - 9:30 pm

Event Details:

The event begins with Trout Unlimited Fred S Burroughs/North Jersey Chapter hosting their annual Youth Fishing Derby for all kids under 15, and entry is free. Registration starts at 12 noon at the Weldon Road Fishing Education Pond which is directly across the road from the Jefferson Township High School on Weldon Road. The hours for the derby are 1-3 pm, and kids must supply their own gear, tackle and bait. Catch and release will be enforced, and prizes will be awarded.

Again continuing a long standing event, the Jefferson Arts Committee will sponsor its 13th annual Irish Road Bowling tournament beginning at 3 pm.  The alley is Catholic Charities Way off Weldon Road, the home of Wiegand Farms at the Department for Persons with Disabilities facility.  While the ball used is small, black and dense about the size of a baseball,  it’s six times as heavy weighing 1 lb. 12 oz.  The bowler is allowed to throw it however he/she sees fit, but the most common approach is basically an underhand fast-pitch softball throw with a running start.  Which team will complete the course and emerge as this year’s winner?

Then it’s time to head up to the high school field because the new Jefferson Fest celebration officially begins with DJ Earl Heller of Sound Solutions Entertainment getting the celebration going starting at 5 pm.

While DJ Earl is entertaining the crowd and amusing the children, a variety of food trucks will be opening up on site at 5:30 pm offering some delectable menus for your eating pleasure.  There’ll be Cheezen, Surf & Turf, Empanada Guys, Jersey Johnny’s, The French Quarter, Oink and Moo, Jumbo Jr. Ice Cream, and Maddalena’s Cheesecake!  So be sure to bring a chair or blanket and find a place on the field to be comfortable while you eat, listen to DJ Earl, and have fun with family and friends eagerly waiting for the concert and the fireworks to begin.

Bounce Around will be onsite with a 25’ climbing rock wall for everyone to enjoy (there will be a nominal fee to climb) from 5:30 to 9:30 pm.  Climbers will be fitted with a safety harness and attempt to climb to the very top – suitable for all age groups, no experience necessary except wanting to have a good time and try something new.

Soon enough, its time to sit back to enjoy The British Invasion Years when these performers take the main stage on the field at 7:15 pm for a two-hour live concert.  This dynamic band will take you on a musical journey through the 60’s iconic British band era, then the American musical response of memorable hits by celebrated artists of that period, and conclude with an extraordinary note-for-note finale with music from the one and only four lads who started it all – The Beatles.  Check them out at https://www.britishinvasionyears.com

The Jefferson Arts Committee will be selling 50/50 raffle tickets for the drawing that will be held at 9:20 pm, and those food trucks will continue offering delicious food items and refreshments throughout the evening.

Then raise your eyes to the sky for one of the most spectacular aerial fireworks displays you may ever see staged and choreographed by Interstate Fireworks, the same company that has been presenting their fantastic show in Jefferson Township for over two decades.

There’s free admission and free parking including handicapped parking throughout the event.  ABSOLUTELY NO alcohol, NO smoking, NO drugs, NO fireworks, NO bicycles, NO pets or animals of any kind, NO large coolers, NO backpacks, NO drones on the JTHS field.  Bring a lawn chair/blanket for your comfort.

For information, log on to www.jeffersonarts.org, email artscommittee@jeffersonarts.org, find Jefferson Arts Committee on FACEBOOK, or call 973-697-2032 or 973-697-3828.             

            Jefferson Fest 2017 will be a day and an evening to remember!

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