Scene Around: Fair Still Cookin’

Fair kitchen is open
Photo/FHFD

Well, the word is official. After a few great weather days, the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair has been rained out due to Mother Nature’s lack of cooperation.

That means that the rides and other attractions will be shut down for the evening. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that the kitchen is open, volunteers are cooking and people are invited to grab a seat in the dining room for fair food or hit the take-out window to bring some home and brighten the dank day with a little of the fair’s finest comfort.

As the sign on the firehouse says, “Only dining room is open tonight — 6-10 p.m.”

All’s fair!

Prosecutor: Area Convicted Sex Offender Arrested on Charges of Assaulting a Teen

An area man, who is a convicted sex offender, was arrested on Friday and charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl over multiple months and photographing her on at least one occasion and faces up to 36.5 years in prison, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.

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Retro Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair Carousel Girl

Riding on the merry go 'round at the Fair Haven Firemen's Fair circa 1990s. Photo/Elaine Van Develde
Riding on the merry go ’round at the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair circa 1990s.
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

More than a couple of decades ago, a little girl got on the carousel at the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair and took a ride.

She was beaming and waving as she rode ’round and ’round. The moment was captured in a black-and-white photo.

It’s a classic fair moment that says a lot about the month’s end more than century-old tradition for which preparations are underway.

So, the Retro Pic of the Day honors this little girl’s ride on the merry go ’round and many other fair moments like it.

The little girl would be in her twenties now. Anyone recognize her?

— Elaine Van Develde

Fair Reflections: An Ode Opening Night of the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair

Last night … The night before the opening of the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair … 

The night is still. A light is on. Trucks are out of the bays. Cartoony faces and ghosts in empty seats on unassembled carnival rides stare back in the dark. Someone’s cooking at the Fair Haven firehouse. It’s fair time.

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Retro Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair Balloon Boss & Buddies

Sally Van Develde selling balloons at the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair Grab Bag Booth

The following piece was originally published in August of 2015. Here it is again in honor of the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair, which is opening tomorrow night … 

Growing up in Fair Haven with parents in the fire company, Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair time meant time spent inflating punch balls during the day and helium balloons at night.

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Honoring Fair Haven’s Police Chief

The year was 1987. It was a year of big hair, mullets, boom boxes, break dancing, penny loafers, Nintendo, Miami Vice fashion and Ford Crown Victoria police cars. And it was the year that one cop began his now 30-year career in Fair Haven.

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Retro River Ratting

The following Retro Pic of the Day, an annual ode to summer riverfront life in the area, was originally posted on Aug. 1, 2016. Take a look back with us again … 

A 1976 River Rats crew
Photo/courtesy Marc Edelman, Facebook

Summers in the Rumson-Fair Haven area are rife with river-oriented activities that have become tradition.

River Rats’ sailing “camp” is no exception. OK, nobody was camping. It was more like a little club. Still is.

It’s been a sort of rite of living on the Navesink passage for decades — since 1955. Kids learn how to boat and do a lot of summer fun bonding in the process.

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Retro Fair Cotton Candy & Candy Apple Boss Lady

Millie Felsmann making cotton candy at the Fair Haven Firemen's Fair circa early 1990s Photo/Elaine Van Develde
Millie Felsmann making cotton candy at the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair circa early 1990s
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

 

 

Millie Felsmann and her candy apples back in the 1960s Photo/courtesy of Monica Felsmann
Millie Felsmann and her candy apples back in the 1960s
Photo/courtesy of Monica Felsmann

 

 

 

 

 

This Retro Pic(s) of the Day story was originally published on Aug. 25, 2015. It is being run again in honor of the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair, which will start at the end of this week. This is how they did it and continue to do it at the fair … 

 

 

By Elaine Van Develde

When it came to cotton candy — that fluffy spun light blue and pink sugar on a cone that melts in your mouth, on your mouth and many times on your hands, too — Millie Felsmann was the pro at the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair.

Don’t get us wrong, here. We know that Millie also commandeered the candy apple making. Yes, Candy Bennett was there, too — for many hours a day, making and selling those candy apples, apropos name and all. And, in another Retro Pic of the Day from 2015, we touted her as the candy apple lady.

Well, she was — she was Candy, the candy apple lady.  Continue reading Retro Fair Cotton Candy & Candy Apple Boss Lady