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This is Rutherford's Weekend Happenings {August 2 - August 4, 2019}

By Tracy Leigh

Looking for something to do this weekend? TIR has your list of events happening in and around town!

Art Connections at the Rutherford Public Library

Friday, August 2 @ 11:00 am

For ages 7 - 11. Registration is required. Call (201) 939-8600 to register.

Bendy Bookworm: Toddler Yoga Storytime at the Rutherford Public Library

Friday, August 2 @ 3:30 pm

18 months - 5 years old. Registration is required. Call (201) 939-8600 to register.

Friday, August 2 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm at Meadowlands Racetrack

Get ready for a night of casino games, silent auction, poker tournament, raffle prizes & more! Proceeds benefit the Standard-bred Retirement Foundation and the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. Get tickets at


6:00 PM Dinner, Open Bar, and Casino Tables Open

7:15 PM Poker Tournament begins (limited seating)

9:00 PM Casino Tables Close

9:30 PM Raffle Winners Drawn; Silent Auction closes

$50 Casino Guest Ticket: Includes dinner, dessert, open bar and $25 in casino chips.

Additional casino chips may be purchased at any time.

$125 Casino Guest & Poker Seat

Poker seats are limited. It is strongly suggested to purchase tickets in advance.

$1 Million Hambletonian Day

Saturday, August 3, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm at the Meadowlands Racetrack

Harness Racing's Greatest Day, featuring the Hambletonian Heats & Final and Hambletonian Oaks Final. Hambletonian Day has something great for everyone in the family: An epic sporting event, free outdoor concert, rides and games, and of course, great giveaways!

Gates open: 10 AM First race: 12 NOON

Admission: $5 includes giveaway item

Giveaway: 2019 commemorative Hambletonian baseball cap to adults and Hambletonian kids horse bag (with paid admission, while supply lasts).

Hambletonian Hat Contest for $1,000 in cash prizes:

1st - $500, 2nd - $250, 3rd - $100, 4th - $40 and $100 for most elegant

Sign up at the Track Level promotions table. Judging takes place on the apron after Race 4

Backyard Events include:

Backyard Fan Zone Tent: 10 am - 3 pm featuring driver autograph session from 10 am -11:30 am, Hambo Pony appearances, selfie stations, free t-shirts, kids coloring books and more!

Live Music 12 noon-5pm Band Second Contact

Carnival rides/games, pony rides, and face painters all included with admission.

Food Trucks

Farmer’s Market

Saturday, August 3 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm at Williams Plaza

The Rutherford Farmer’s Market is in its 22nd season. The market is sponsored this year by the Borough of Rutherford. The governing body welcomes the opportunity to support regional farmers by allowing them to market quality products in our downtown area. To remain competitive, farmers need to be able to develop new markets for agricultural products grown on their farms. These markets provide the economic activity necessary to help preserve farmland and open space, which in turn contributes to a better quality of life in our region. Our borough benefits because market patrons have access to fresh, high quality produce and our local businesses enjoy increased business activity.

Vendors for this year include:

• Becca’s Bakery –Amish baked goods: apple dumplings, whoopie pies, donuts, breads, cookies, honey, jams and apple butter - Wednesdays

• Sy Grisconis Farm – Fresh produce

• Dr. Pickle – Pickles and brine cured products - Wednesdays

• Black Sheep Irish Bakery – Scottish and Irish sweet and savory baked goods, Wednesdays beginning July 3 through August 28

• Dutch Hill Farm – Pork products and poultry, every other Wednesday beginning June 19th

• Kariba Farms – All natural and organic dried fruits and nuts

Photo Credit: Shiva Shanti Yoga School

Free Yoga in Lincoln Park

Saturday, August 3 @ 8:00 am

Free Yoga in Lincoln Park. Part of the Mayor’s Wellness Campaign. Saturdays at 8 am in Lincoln Park. Join Shiva Shanti Yoga teachers for a Vinyasa Class with music.

Tuesday, August 6 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Lincoln Park

The Rutherford Police Department will be participating in National Night Out’s 36th Anniversary on Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 in Lincoln Park between 6 pm to 9 pm. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and community camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. It enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. The evening will include rides and entertainment. Read TIR's article here about National Night Out.

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