Bordentown Street Fair returns with ‘greatest year’ ever
The Bordentown Street Fair, held in downtown Bordentown City, has been a mainstay in the community since 1977.
This annual tradition has run into a problem in recent years due to the coronavirus pandemic. The street fair could not take place in 2020 and 2021.
Finally, the time has come for the street fair to return last weekend for its 43rd edition, and it was its “biggest year” yet, as the president of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce said. Mercer, Bill Ryan.
Between 10,000 and 12,000 people from the community of Bordentown and surrounding areas came out to experience all the fun the street fair had to offer with approximately 120 vendors on hand.
“It was awesome,” Ryan said of Bordentown’s 43rd annual street fair. “We had two wonderful days. It was a bit hot, but everyone had fun. You couldn’t ask for anything better.
Ryan and the rest of his colleagues on the Burlington Mercer Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors helped organize the 2022 edition of the Bordentown Street Fair held May 21-22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. h.
Vendors of all kinds were on hand for people to explore at the street fair, which also included family activities and performances.
Local music and dance schools such as the Rising Stars Voice Studio, Serendipity Dance Studio, New Jersey Renaissance Faire, Harmony Dance Studio and Princeton School of Rock performed for guests during the festivities.
The last day of the street fair offered guests special treatment with lead guitarist Vince Martell of rock band Vanilla Fudge for a live performance.
Martell was his wife, PBS artist Peg Pearl, joined by a group of fellow musicians to perform Vanilla Fudge’s hit song, “Young Keep Me Hanging On.”
“We had great music,” Ryan said.
An ax throwing station, magician and a variety of arts and crafts stations were part of the activities.
Grandmaster SL Martin, director and head of Chinese martial arts school Green Dragon, also gave a live martial arts demonstration.
Other activities include the Armed Forces Heritage Museum Mobile Military History Unit, allowing guests to learn about the military history of New Jersey and the Bordentown area.
Ryan, who has helped organize the street for the past 10 years, said the best part about returning to the event was seeing everyone enjoying the festivities together.
“It was a good feeling,” Ryan said. “Everyone wanted to go out and see people they hadn’t had a chance to get together with in a while.”
The 43rd Annual Bordentown Street Fair was the biggest year the event has ever had. Ryan said the 44th edition of the street fair will be even “bigger and better” next year with the community of Bordentown resuming its annual family event.