With a glorious blue sky, fall temperatures, and more than 3,000 in attendance, Matawan Day and Fall Festival proved to be the largest one to date.
Colorful canopies and flags lined Main Street as far as the eye could see as vendors set up their booths ready to showcase their products and services to all that passed by. More than a dozen food vendors were mixed in between the vendors at various points along the street sending out tantalizing smells that lured many over their way to try the variety of offerings.
Bounce houses, pumpkin decorating, the Ghostbuster’s Ecto-One and two other famous cars, performances by yoga, music, theater, karate and dance studios were among kids’ favorites while photo booths, live music by several different bands, tours of the recently renovated Burrowes Mansion were among the favorites of older kids and adults alike.
Many also enjoyed the food eating contests held by Maloney’s and DiBari’s Pizza, the beer garden by MJ’s Buttonwood Manor, as well as the opportunity to meet and talk with Monica Aksamit, saber Olympic bronze medalist and Stephen Baker, the touchdown maker of NY Giants fame.
In the end, Matawan Day and Fall Festival provided a great opportunity for people to spend some time shopping with local crafters and artisans, meeting small business owners, talking and relaxing with some wonderful food and drinks, and enjoying the sounds and performances of local talent well into the evening.
We want to thank the many people who helped make the day possible including the Matawan Day Committee;
Doug Preston, Alaina Acosta, Marcia Myers, Sarita Bhalla. Lindsay Constantino, Anthony Caltabilota, to our street captains and volunteers at the check – in area, volunteers putting out directional signs, those that sat at the Chamber table and running errands, and to our graphic artists that designed all the flyers, signs, and banners; Lucille daCosta and Pete Lambusta, and to the Recreation Dept. of Matawan Borough: Daria Dieterle, and to the DPW, Police, Fire and Bayshore EMT, and CERT for the great help in setting up the venue and for all the work in securing the area to keep us all safe during the event, to the many performers, dance, yoga, karate, taekwondo, music, theater and bands that brought us great entertainment for the day and to the many vendors for choosing to spend the day with us and bringing such great giveaways, and products to the event. We want to also thank our favorite DJ and MC for the day, Adam Saber of Adam Saber Entertainment for keeping all the acts moving on and off the performance area and for making all the announcements throughout the day
Finally, we want to thank our sponsors for their support and contributions and to this annual event. It wouldn’t be possible without your generosity.
Here are some photos courtesy of Chamber member Riina Rixoort, Linda Martin, Cathy Zavorskas and Justin Dapolito. Enjoy!