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Retro Fair Weather Times

Call it literal. With the not-so-fair weather lately, thoughts tend to turn to the hometown warmth and fun that is the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair.

Everyone in the Rumson-Fair Haven area knows that it’s a tradition. So, in keeping with the tradition and the hopes for rising temperatures and more signs of spring, we celebrate summer fair fever.

Never mind spring. We’ll just jump right to summertime when the fair livin’ is laced with a lot of Fair Haven love.

The Retro Pic(s) of the Day offer a glimpse back many decades to the earlier days of the fair.

Check out the apron. Remember Sal’s Tavern in Red Bank? And who are those ladies at what is now the Super 50/50, but used to be the car raffle booth.

All’s fair.

Thanks to the FHFD for the archived photos!

— Elaine Van Develde

Reflection: All’s Fair in the End

There have been a lot of significant beginnings and endings lately. The end of summer. The beginning of locals’ summer. The start of school — new chapters and first days.

But, what about the middle? The end of the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair brings me, and probably more than a few others, back to that middle.

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

Opening night 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 Take-Out

Fair Haven Firemen's Fair take-out booth of 1995 Photo/Elaine Van Develde
Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair take-out booth of 1995
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

It’s that time again. Time to start setting up for the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair — the end-of-the-summer tradition that’s been celebrated for more than a century in the Rumson-Fair Haven area.

The rides are arriving and the kitchen crew has already started prepping and cooking up some of that classic fair food for which people line up all night long.

So, the Retro Pic of the Day honors the fair kitchen and take-out booth. It’s a shot from the summer of 1995.

They had musssels marinara for $3 and quarts of that famous fair clam chowder for $6.

Recognize the ladies taking orders? One is no longer with us. But both were pioneer women of the Fair Haven First Aid Squad. One is still a member and you’ll see her in the dining room at the fair.

Just looking at this photo can’t you smell that fried seafood in the air already?

— Elaine Van Develde

Sea Bright Fire Department Carnival Time

Tonight’s the night that a longtime annual area tradition sets the pace for riding into summer. The Sea Bright Fire Department Carnival is all set up and ready for its start at 5 p.m. in the municipal parking lot.

The carnival, or fair, is, as usual, is host to rides, games of chance, classic fair food, and live entertainment, and runs through Sunday.

Here’s the schedule: 

• Thursday, May 18, 5 to 11 p.m.

• Friday May 19, 5 p.m. to midnight, featuring The West End Dogs band at 6 p.m.

• Saturday May 20, 5 p.m. to midnight is also Mug Night, featuring The Jukebox Criminals band at 6 p.m.

• Sunday May 21, 2 to 9 p.m.

— Photos/Elaine Van Develde 2016

Retro Pick of a Fair Winner

A fair 50/50 drawing of yesteryear. Photo/FHFD
A fair 50/50 drawing of yesteryear.

It’s one of those Mega Millions drawing nights, so it seems appropriate to take a look back at picking another winner — a 50/50 Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair winner.

So, the Retro Pic of the Day honors the picking of a winner … a fair winner … in a fair way.

In this shot, the guys are giving the tickets a tumble, poised to dig in, fetch and announce the number that will match up with the person holding the stub.

The set-up of the 50/50 Booth was similar yet a bit different back in the day. That would be Jim Butler doing something there to help and a bunch of onlookers drinking beers and hoping to get lucky … with their numbers.

Can anyone wager a guess as to how high the 50/50 has gone or did go in those days, which were likely the early 1970s? And who was the biggest winner — before the days of the Super 50/50?

Round and round she goes … Do we have a winner?


Retro Fair Winner

We have a winner at the 2015 Fair Haven Firemen's Fair Photo/Elaine Van Develde
We have a winner at the 2015 Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

Yup, it’s Friday night. It’ll soon be time for that Mega Millions drawing.

Yes, of course, everyone wants to be a winner!

So, in honor of those lucky winners and the idea that the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair is coming soon, the Retro Pic of the Day honors both with a shot from last year of one of the first, very surprised and elated, 50/50 winners at the fair.

Cheers to the winners! The look on his face just says it all!

Focus: Sea Bright Fair Fun

It’s that time of the year again — time for the Sea Bright Firemen’s Fair.

The fair opened on Thursday at 5 p.m. Featuring the usual host of rides, games of chance and good ol’ fair food, the fair continues tonight, Friday, from 5 p.m. to midnight, the same hours on Saturday, and Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m.

The Buster White Band will be playing tonight.

Take a look at the above photo gallery for a glimpse into the fair’s opening day. Click each to enlarge.

— Photos/Elaine Van Develde