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Fair Haven Day 2020 Cancelled: September Oktoberfest-Fair Haven Day Day Gala Set

A Fair Haven tradition that was started less than a decade ago — eight years ago, in 2012, to be exact — has been cancelled this year, due to COVID-19 pandemic safety considerations. But, a new combo event is on the horizon.

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Retro Fair Haven Day & Forever Friends

Fair Haven Day 2015 with lifetime friends
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

Fair Haven Day is now a new tradition in the community.

So, on the cusp of Saturday’s eighth Fair Haven Day, we look back to the third, the Fair Haven Day of 2015, and remember a bond of friendship that started in the small 1.7-square-mile borough that will always be home to many.

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Focus: Fair Haven Day 2017

It all started six years ago with a centennial celebration. Now, six years later, a community tradition begun continues — Fair Haven Day.

The weather was more than fair for the annual fete, bringing community cohorts together to celebrate the borough they’ve made home.

There was plenty of sunshine, food, drink, festivities and fun to be had.


— Elaine Van Develde

Retro Remembrance of Fair Havenites on First Fair Haven Day

Pat Topfer at the first Fair Haven Day Photo/Elaine Van Develde
Pat Topfer at the first Fair Haven Day
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

George Giffin at the first Fair Haven Day Photo/Elaine Van Develde
George Giffin at the first Fair Haven Day
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

Fair Haven Day is Saturday. It was a few years ago that the first Fair Haven Day took place on the borough’s centennial celebration.

Since then, the borough has lost some of its longtime residents who everyone knew in one capacity or another. They were some of the faces of Fair Haven.

So, the Retro Pic(s) of the Day honors two of those people who were there on the first Fair Haven Day, proud longtime Fair Havenites and icons: Life member of the Fair Haven Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary, Pat Topfer; and ever-popular RFH science and dance teacher extraordinaire, George Giffin.

The featured photo on the Fair Haven Day event announcement today included a popular longtime resident and friend to the borough, Ben Hamilton.

RIP, Ben, Pat and Gif. You are remembered.

R-FH Area Weekend: Fair Haven Day & Canterbury Fair

The tents are in place. The stage is set. Fair Haven Day is Saturday, and organizers say they’re set for a full Fair Haven Fields.

With the event starting at 3 p.m., there will be food (picnic, seafood and desserts), live music, kids’  games, bouncy rides, fireworks and more.

New this year is a climbing wall, brought to the fields by the Monmouth County Parks System and sponsored by Fair Haven business Canyon Pass Provisions. The wall can e climbed by kids 8 and up.

For the adults, new this year is a bottomless white or red glass of wine for $30.

The Fair Haven Business Association is providing a magician to entertain kids and face painters.

Music, provided by Stone Bullets, River Road Band, RipTide and Juke Box Criminals, will begin at 3 p.m.

Beer, wine and sangria can be purchased starting at 4.

Ground rules: No dogs, outside alcohol, personal tents or grills/open flames. And attendees are asked to please clean up after themselves.

Click here to purchase food and beverage tickets and for more details.

Also on Saturday, in Rumson, the tradition of the annual Canterbury Fair continues, rain or shine.

The fair, set on the grounds of St. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church, runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The fair features a petting zoo, clowns, balloons, cotton candy, face painting, games and a children’s chance auction.

In addition to the famous white elephant sale, jewelry, electronics, sporting goods, gently used children’s games and clothing, homemade gourmet treats, plants, flowers and books for all ages will be sold. There will also be a silent auction tent.

Grilled food, lobster salad luncheon, baked goods, coffee and tea will be served.


Lending a Helping Fair Haven Day Hand

It’s just about that time of the year — time for Fair Haven Day.

And organizers of the now annual event, via The Foundation of Fair Haven, are alerting residents and area business owners that it’s also time to get your tickets and sign up for sponsorships. If you want more perks/business visibility and would like to offer some financial assistance to keep the event going for years to come, this is the best way to help and reap some benefits in the process, they say.

Fair Haven Day started when the borough celebrated its centennial a few years ago. There was an informal barbecue, music and fireworks to cap the day-long event designed to bring the community together at Fair Haven Fields.

People voiced opinion that they wanted to do it again, and again. But, the estimated cost was high. So, The Foundation of Fair Haven, a 501c3 non-profit was formed to defray the cost that wouldn’t be covered in charging a basic food fee.

Now, fundraisers, donations and sponsorships later, tickets for the event are on sale and so are family packages, personal and business sponsorships that include advertising.

According to The Foundation of Fair Haven website, River Road Band, Riptide and Jukebox Criminals will be playing, picnic food will be offered by Brennan’s at $10 per person, seafood from the Lusty Lobster will be sold at $5 a serving and dessert and coffee, at $2 per serving, will be served by Booskerdoo. Unlimited mugs of beer will be offered at $25 and, new this year, is a bottomless wine glass for $30.

In addition to these ticket prices, sponsorships range from $100 on up and include a variety of associated benefits.

Check the site by clicking here and choose your tickets and/or sponsorship offer.

Check out our slideshow here to revisit Fair Haven Day 2015.