Somers Point to Host Good Old Days Festival

The "Run for Bud," in honor of the late Bud Kern, and the Good Old Days Festival are Sept. 7. (Photo courtesy

Say farewell to summer at Somers Point’s 42nd annual Good Old Days Festival on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The festival will take place at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. There will be antique cars on display, children’s entertainment including carnival games, inflatables, a magician, pony rides, karate demonstrations, as well as K-9 demonstrations, over 20 vendors and community groups, food, and treats including hot dogs and hamburgers fresh from the grill.

Attendees will also enjoy free live performances on two different stages throughout the day, featuring The Hawkins Road Coconutz and The Dan Burke with guest star Lew London.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Lawrence “Bud” Kern Scholarship Foundation. It was established in 1979 in honor of Kern, former Recreation Commission chairperson and Little League president.

The fund recognizes graduating high school students from Somers Point who have demonstrated community spirit and pride through their involvement in civic and scholastic activities.

Kern was instrumental in the development of recreation facilities and programs in Somers Point and expended countless volunteer hours in service to his community. It was his idea to hold an end-of-summer community picnic, which gave rise to the Good Old Days Festival.

The event will be preceded by the Annual “Run for Bud” at 9 a.m. at Kennedy Park, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m.

For a printable race application, directions to Kennedy Park and additional information, visit

For more information about the Good Old Days Festival, visit or contact Sean McGuigan at 609-402-5062 and