Pennington Day will be back this year — on Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 10am to 4pm on Main Street in Pennington Borough. Annually held on the third Saturday in May since 1981, Pennington Day has been a staple in the community. This street fair, which spans from Toll Gate Elementary to Howe Commons, brings together local business, artisans, music and food as well as the Hopewell Valley community.
Two stages will be set up for entertainment: the “Crossroads” stage will be at the corner of Curlis and Main and the “Coffee House” stage will be at Howe Commons. Music, dancers and other live entertainment will be performed throughout the day. Entertainment chair, Mike Tusay, who has been working with Pennington Day since 2017, and has been attending since 1985, says he is “very excited” the event will be back this spring.
The Kidz Zone, located behind Toll Gate, will have exciting inflatable activities for all ages. One price for children four years and older provides visitors with all day access and fun.
Food vendor co-chairs, Janet Pressel and Hannah Williams, share they are looking forward to bringing back the food trucks to the circle of Toll Gate and Howe Commons. “We are already getting excited (and hungry) by this year’s lineup!” A few of the trucks will be returning from prior years including: Buzzetta’s, Aunt Martha’s funnel cakes, AMA Pizza and Gelato, Beverly Mills famous Strawberry Shortcake, and more.
Pennington Day attendees can also visit the annual Hopewell Valley Quilters’ quilt show at Toll Gate Elementary, for a $1 admission fee, displays a great variety of styles from quilts based on traditional patterns to contemporary works of fiber art. The show is organized by Nancy Breland. Viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite quilt in the show and the winner will receive the Viewers’ Choice Prize which has been donated by Pennington Quilt Works. The Hopewell Valley Quilters is an informal group that has been meeting for over 35 years. The group meets both in the daytime and in the evening in the Hopewell Township branch of Mercer County Library.
To sign up for a booth at Pennington Day, register at www.penningtonday.org. Registration opens March 1.
“It’s a great way to highlight your local business, school group or organization. Register early to guarantee a booth space!” said Pennington Day co-chairs Jaclyn Petrin and Meredith Sferra, who urged sponsor participation. “Pennington Day cannot happen without the donations from sponsors. Our sponsor donations go directly to the operational costs of Pennington Day. Please visit our sponsor page on our web site to donate and read about our sponsorship levels.”
Pennington Day is also a nonprofit grant-giving organization that awards grants to local non-profits, civic organizations, schools and municipalities for projects that serve Hopewell Valley. Proceeds from vendors fees go directly to this effort.
For grant application, visit the Pennington Day website or email email@example.com.
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