Get ready for Bayfest this Saturday in Somers Point

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Crowds at Bayfest 2013 jam Bay Avenue in Somers Point, marking the unofficial kick off to the season. Bayfest is billed as the largest one-day event in South Jersey. Crowds at Bayfest 2013 jam Bay Avenue in Somers Point, marking the unofficial kick off to the season. Bayfest is billed as the largest one-day event in South Jersey.

SOMERS POINT – In its 26 years Bayfest has grown into the largest one-day event in South Jersey, according to organizers.
Last year an estimated 38,000 visitors strolled along Bay Avenue soaking up a perfect spring day. With the weather this Saturday, April 26, predicted to be sunny and in the high 60s they might just eclipse that number.

Bayfest was organized in 1988 to mark Earth Day and the environment. What better place to celebrate what nature has to offer than Somers Point, home to the Morrow Beach and the only high bluffs along on the East Coast at Kennedy Park, as well as marinas, restaurants, fishing and centuries of history.

Each year Bayfest incorporates nature with the fun. This year will be no different.

There will be environmental fun for the kids like the Atlantic City Aquarium’s touch tank which will be stationed at Gibbs Avenue. Pony rides and a petting zoo are also planned.

Adding more fun with the kids will be inflatables, a rock climbing wall and jugglers strolling along Bay Avenue throughout Bayfest.

The members of the Green Thumb Garden Club are expected to have a booth with plants for sale as well as information about what grows well in our sometimes fickle climate.

You can shop, eat, play, listen to live music and possibly stop off for a beverage in this day loaded with fun things to do.

There are 20 different crafters registered for Bayfest 2014 offering jewelry, art, photos, yard art, Swarovski crystals, decorative switch plates and much more.
Live music has been a big part of Bayfest since the beginning and this year will feature four bands. Playing at the south end of Bay Avenue at Annie Avenue will be the popular 3 South Benson. Playing at the north end of Bay Avenue will be The Remedy. Steppin Razor is slated to play on the beach and Miller’s English is slotted at Bay and Brighton avenues.

Plan on getting something to eat while at Bayfest; expect hunger to set in as gentle spring winds carry the scent of delicious food cooking. Scheduled to be serving up their specialties are CJ’s, The Grilled Cheese and Crab Cake Co., Micchelli’s Pizza, Primo Pizza, Greate Bay Country Club, Amor Mexican and Italian Restaurant and the Rotary Club will be there with something to tempt the taste buds.

Aside from educating participants about the environment and having fun, Bayfest also supports the community in a big way by channeling the money made back into local charities.

Last year Bayfest was able to provide $5,000 to the Somers Point Education Foundation that was earmarked for teacher grants. Another $3,000 went to two Mainland seniors who were pursuing a career in the field of environmental studies. Bayfest funded new cheerleader uniforms, a gift to Shore Medical Center and an addition to the playground at the Morrow Beach.

Remote parking for Bayfest will be available at the Jordan Road School and at Somers Point Fire House No. 1 on Bethel Road.

Make a day of it and catch up with friends while strolling along Bay Avenue after a long winter cooped up inside.  Bayfest is a rain-or-shine event that runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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