There was talk about it, and now plans for it are in the works — a Fair Haven Day 2013.
When Fair Haven hosted its centennial celebration in June, replete with a parade big barbeque picnic and bands at Fair Haven Fields, there was a lot of chatter from residents that they enjoyed the community gathering so much they wanted to see it become an annual event.
The problem, however, was that officials, who had estimated the cost of the 2012 event at about $50,000, didn’t know if there would be a will or way to raise the funds to cover the cost of such a massive event annually.
Now, according to Councilwoman Susan Sorensen, who chairs the non-profit Foundation of Fair Haven organization, “since Fair Haven’s big centennial event in June was such a success, we are looking to have another one next year – Fair Haven Day 2013 — tentatively scheduled for June 15. The monies raised from the Foundation of Fair Haven, which is sponsoring this event, will continue to help offset any cost to the borough in regard to the 2012 centennial events as well as begin to raise funds for next year’s.”
It didn't take long for officials to come to a consensus that the borough should honor residents' wishes and have a Fair Haven Day, "which will be somewhat scaled down and more self-supporting," Mayor Ben Lucarelli added. "It's a very expensive proposition, but Susan has come up with a formula that allows us to do it without costing taxpayers. And that's really the key."
How that will be done, Lucarelli said, is that next year, instead of free food and soft drinks, nominal fees will be charged for beer and food.
"We made some money with the beer tent, where we charged $20 for an unlimited mug fill-up," Lucarelli said. "The biggest single expense was the food, fireworks, band and stage. So, we're talking about having the foundation pick up the tab for the fireworks, band and stage and have the participants pay probably about $10 for food and wear wristbands, with different rates for kids and adults."
On the fundraising front for Fair Haven Day, Sorensen encourages people to support the fundraisers, including two that are coming up in one day — the borough’s first Oktoberfest and Centennial Crew Regatta, both slated for Oct. 6.
“The Fair Haven Centennial Crew Regatta will be in the early part of the day (2 to 4 p.m.) and a Centennial Oktoberfest in the evening (from 6 to 10:30 p.m.),” Sorensen said.
For the regatta, Sorensen said that Fair Haven invited neighboring high school teams to participate in the “1,000-meter sprint running east to west along the south shore of the Navesink River with a finish line directly off the beach at the end of DeNormandie Avenue.” See the attached document for more information.
The Oktoberfest, she said, will be held at the historic building at 786 River Road that is now the home of Smart Start Preschool. There is no rain date, as the area will be tented.
The fee for the Oktoberfest is $25 and includes “catered authentic Oktoberfest food with music by River Road Band.” Participants will also be able to purchase commemorative centennial ceramic steins and traditional Oktoberfest beverages. An Oktoberfest poster is attached.
There will also be a Left Center Right dice rolling tournament, for which there will be a per/game fee charged and prizes awarded. Attendees of the tournament must be 21.
To make reservations and/or for more information, contact Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Marie at Marie.email@example.com or send a check made out to Foundation of Fair Haven to Foundation of Fair Haven, PO Box 6397, Fair Haven, NJ 07704.