Lavallette Founders Day Returns

Founders Day returned to Lavallette and the beautiful weather and abundance of activities brought out a record crowd. (Photo Bob Vosseller)

  LAVALLETTE – After a year’s absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lavallette Founders Day returned to the borough’s bayfront with a variety of food, children’s activities, crafts and even a dinosaur.

  The event kicked off on the morning of September 11 and the 20th anniversary of 9/11 was noted on the schedule cards and with a sign by the borough’s bayfront where several musical groups performed.

  The live music included Lefty South Paw followed by the Byrl Band, the Matt Noffsinger Band, Moondoggie and Rich Meyer who finished up the day.

The band Lefty Southpaw performs during Lavallette’s Founders Day held at the borough’s gazebo and bayfront. (Photo Bob Vosseller)

  There was an entire section of the borough’s bayfront area devoted to children’s rides, bounce attractions and activities. Kids could also enjoy games, a train ride, gaming station, face painting and much more.

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  There were vendors for just about everything from jewelry, T-shirts, artwork, homemade signs, crafts, and borough school students of the 7th grade were selling brownies and water among other items as a class fundraiser.

  You could get a free blood pressure check over at the Lavallette First Aid Squad building and there was a variety of food trucks to choose from. The sight of visitors with kettle corn bags in their hands wasn’t hard to find when browsing about the streets of the borough during the event.

  Another popular fixture of the event was Crunchy the T-Rex who once again scared up a crowd when the dinosaur emerged from a trailer parked near the First Aid Squad building. He came out to visit twice during the day.

Kettle corn is always a popular item at Lavallette Founders Day and it was cooked up in large supply by this vendor for the many customers who stopped by. (Photo Bob Vosseller)

  Various local organizations showcased their services during the day which was graced with perfect weather.

Crunchy the dinosaur was a big hit with families. (Photo Bob Vosseller)