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This is Rutherford's Weekend Happenings {August 30 - September 1, 2019}

By Tracy Leigh

Summer is almost over but the 44th Annual Labor Day Fair is coming to Rutherford! TIR has your list of events happening in and around town!

Farmer’s Market

Saturday, August 31 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm at Williams Plaza

The Rutherford Farmer’s Market is returning for 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

Visit the Meadowlands Museum

Saturday, Aug 31 2019 at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Meadowlands Museum is open to the public on Saturdays from 10 am - 4 pm. The Museum is home to the largest collection of historical artifacts of the Meadowlands Region of NJ, and includes a special exhibit on Notable Women of the Meadowlands (on exhibit until September 2019), and permanent exhibits on the geology of the Meadowlands Region, antique toys and dolls, a pre-electric kitchen, antique tools, and an exhibit dedicated to the life and work of Dr. William Carlos Williams - the area's famous doctor/poet. The Museum is housed in one of oldest Dutch farmhouses of southern Bergen County, and was a private home until the Museum purchased the property in 1974. Admission is by donation (recommended $5 adults and $3 children). Come see the house where your history lives.

44th Annual Rutherford Street Fair on Labor Day

Monday, September 2nd at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Borough of Rutherford has selected Cliffhanger Productions to produce its 44th Annual Labor Day Street Fair to be held Monday, September 2, 2019. The Street Fair runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Musical entertainment will be held at the Hutzel Memorial Band Shell in Lincoln Park starting at 11 a.m.


One of the most well attended street fairs in the state, visitors can expect to find over 250 vendors lining the streets, parks, and plazas featuring antiques, collectibles, and craft vendors from all over the East Coast.



Cliffhanger Productions will bring its signature brand of entertainment to the festival with many activities to entertain the kids while the parents shop. There will be many rides and amusements, a children’s stage, magic show, balloon artists, face painting, and variety of street performers.


Local restaurants will be out in force, along with some of the area’s non-profit groups that are planning food-related fundraising – all doing their part to make sure that festival goers can keep up their energy throughout the day. Mason's Cellar at 32 Ames Ave will host live wrestling as well as a beer garden.


Other area non-profits will have booths to provide information, engage in fundraising, and recruit volunteers.


There will be live music all day long beginning with local artist and radio personality Lise Avery, followed by a surprise national act.


The Art Association of Rutherford members will be selling their paintings on the lawn of Borough Hall. In addition, this year Ames Ave will be closed to vehicle traffic and will include a mechanical bull and beer garden.


Political candidates for local and state elections will be there to meet the public and answer questions.


Everyone is invited to join in this fun day, which last year attracted over 35,000 people.


To find more events going on in town, check out Rutherford 365.