The 14th annual Weehawken Day Festival, the township's free celebration at Lincoln Harbor Park, will take place on Sept. 30 between 12 noon and 6 p.m., offering a little bit of something for every resident of Weehawken.
There will be rides galore and games of chance for the youngsters. There will be free food and refreshments for everyone. There will be music, dancing, clowns, and live cartoon characters.
The best part of the day is that everything is free of charge, provided that residents are properly pre-registered.
Registration for the Weehawken Day Festival began Saturday at Town Hall and will continue Monday through Friday during Town Hall's business hours. Anyone wishing to attend the festival is required to bring proof of residence.
"Once they do, they will receive an entry card into the festival," said Weehawken Recreation Director Chuck Barone, who once again helped to coordinate the event. "There will be no registration at the festival, so everyone is encouraged to go to Town Hall and pick up the entry cards."
Barone said that there will be township employees on the first floor of Town Hall all week to help with the registration.
Use free shuttle
Also, there will be transportation available on the day of the event for those who need to be brought to the festival. Parking is limited at the site, so residents are encouraged to use the free shuttle service that will have pick-ups at the township's three schools and the senior citizen residence at 525 Gregory Ave.
The shuttle service will begin an hour before the start of the festival and will run every 15 minutes. The return trips will continue for at least an hour after the festival ends.
Barone said that the organizers have tried to keep the events and features of the festival that have been popular over the years.
"We pretty much follow what we've done in the past," Barone said. "But we need to add new things every year to keep the young people interested."
One of the new items this year will be a mechanical bull, much like the one shown in the '80s cult classic, "Urban Cowboy."
"The mechanical bull is for the teenagers, but I don't know if it will go as fast as the one in that movie," Barone said.
There will be a diaper derby for toddlers, where infants under 18 months are asked to crawl around a course as fast as possible.
There will be a Bingo contest for the Bingo enthusiasts of all ages. Live music will be provided by Weehawken resident Susan Scherman and her orchestra, as well as a rock group Finish This and 50s a capella group The Decibelles, featuring Weehawken actress Donna Coney Island.
As for rides, the popular rock climbing wall will make a return appearance. Also slated for a return engagement are the popular children's characters like Barney The Purple Dinosaur, Dora the Explorer, Elmo and others.
There will be plenty of free hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers, cooked and prepared by the 350 or so volunteers who give of their time to make the event run smoothly.
There will also be an assortment of information tables throughout the area, providing info and details about the township's many different organizations and groups.
In case of rain on Saturday, the rain date is scheduled for Sunday at the same times.