The Beachcomber Fall Guide

Beach Haven’s Fall Festival Embraces Autumn Season

Sep 23, 2016
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Get into the autumn spirit and celebrate the change of season at Beach Haven’s second annual Fall Festival sponsored by the Long Beach Island Historical Association. Surrounded by pumpkins, mums, bales of hay and cornstalks, the family-friendly event will take place at Veterans Memorial Park, located at Engleside and Beach avenues, on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Festival organizers hope this year’s turnout will be even bigger than last year’s inaugural event, which attracted more than 3,000 people to the area.

“It’s a perfect opportunity to spend the day with family and friends celebrating the crisp autumn air,” said Regina Lotito, who is helping to chair the event.

“Bring your wallet because there will be delicious comfort food for all to enjoy,” added chairwoman Barb Cona.

Festival-goers will get to enjoy autumn food including chowder, chili, sausage-pepper-onion sandwiches, bratwurst, hot turkey sliders, caramel apples and apple dumplings as well as a variety of fall beer, wine and cider.

The Beach Haven PTA will also be hosting pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, pumpkin bowling and paint-a-pumpkin activities for the kids.

“Bring your grandkids and your children, young and old,” urged Cona.

Children are encouraged to dress in costume and trick or treat from the various vendors that will be handing out candy while selling their seasonal merchandise.

Live music by Chris Daniels and the Proof as well as a Superhero Scarecrow Competition, apple pie bake-off and the popular pie-eating contest will also take place during the event.

As an added bonus, this year’s festival will feature a country line dance flash mob showing, which will conclude the filming of a promotional video by Oak Leaf Media of Manahawkin to help support Beach Haven’s businesses and happenings. Residents and visitors who have previously joined the flash mob have been seen dancing around town at various locations since the filming began in late August.

“All are welcome to participate in this fun part of the day,” said Bonnie Wells, who is leading the flash mob. “We recommend dancers wear their local business work shirt, or dress as you would for line dancing. Cowboy hats and boots look great!”

The promotional funding for the video is being provided by the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, Beach Haven Borough and Coastal Living Real Estate Group.

Admission to the festival is free. All proceeds raised during the event will benefit the LBI Historical Association and Beach Haven PTA.

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