Somers Point Prepares for Highly Anticipated 29th Annual Bayfest

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It is that time of year again where the city of Somers Point begins the dedicated planning of the 29th annual Bayfest. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, April 29th from 10am to 5pm (rain or shine) along the Historic Bay Avenue in Somers Point.

The Somers Point Bayfest has become the largest, single day festival in South Jersey. Each year the Bayfest Committee uses the proceeds from the event to help fund special projects for the residents of Somers Point. The event is great for all ages, so come out and enjoy a day full of fun, food, crafts, music and more!

bayfest2-4“Planning Bayfest takes a lot of time and dedication from the Committee, but the size of the crowd each year and the amount of money we are able to raise for the community, is quite rewarding. We couldn’t do it without the help of our vendors, promotors, and volunteers.”- Geoff Hieb, Somers Point Bayfest Committee

This year visitors can expect to see bands such as country artists The Rhythm Wranglers and the return of the soul-driven rock n’ roll group, Atley Moon & The Say Somethings. Kids can look forward to the fish toss making another appearance, along with the Atlantic City Aquarium Touch Tank. As always, there will be plenty of crafters and food vendors lining the streets. Shop for jewelry and unique candles, while snacking on delicious baked goods or crab cakes.

bayfest1-4The original Somers Point Bayfest was created to celebrate Earth Day and the environment. In previous years, 5th and 6th grade students from the Somers Point Dawes Avenue School participated in the festival with their Save the Bluff Fund. The project increased community awareness while raising funds for the purchase and plating of indigenous plant materials needed to save our coastal bluffs. Erosion is deteriorating the bluff at Kennedy Park, which is one of only two coastal bluffs in New Jersey. To this day, Bayfest continues to host a variety of environmental groups that help educate the public on important issues the area faces.

For businesses looking to participate in Bayfest, please find the vendor applications on the Bayfest website (www.somerspointbayfest.org). To become a Bayfest volunteer, call (609) 926-3399.

For more information on the City of Somers Point, NJ visit www.somerspointgov.org or call 609-927-9088.

About the City of Somers Point The City of Somers Point is the oldest settlement in Atlantic County, dating back to 1693. This four square mile attractive town is located in the eastern portion of Atlantic County in what was once known as Great Egg Harbor and was first incorporated as a borough in 1886. Somers Point’s tagline – “The Shore Starts Here”SM – lets visitors, homebuyers and business owners know that whether they’re looking to live, work or play at the shore, Somers Point is the ideal place to start. Somers Point is primarily a residential community with a relatively large proportion of its residents employed in professional services or executive positions in Somers Point and neighboring communities. Because of Somers Point’s location on the Great Egg Harbor River bayfront, it is known for its marinas, boating, and fine restaurants. Somers Point also has a vast variety of small and large shops and businesses located throughout the community.