Founders Day brings Lavallette community together

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The Lavallette Founders Day Committee feeds Crunchy the T-Rex during the annual Founders Day event Sept. 8. [PHOTO BY KAYLA MARSH]

LAVALLETTE — Founders Day celebrated the spirit of the borough community and brought hundreds of residents together for a day of fun, games and more.

Despite early morning rain showers dampening grounds Saturday, the area of Bay Boulevard and Philadelphia Avenue was crowded Sept. 8 with families and community members enjoying browsing nearly 100 vendors and food booths or taking in the live entertainment at the Community Park Gazebo.

“It is packed and we couldn’t be happier with the turnout today,” Founders Day Committee member Susan Kotch said.

“It is something that the community looks forward to every year, the vendors look forward to it and the Lavallette businesses. It is a way for them to get out and meet the people and we really enjoy putting it together.”

Founders Day is one of the largest celebrations the borough hosts each year, attracting thousands of residents and nonresidents alike.

For attendees, the event has been a staple of their summer wrap-up for years and gives them a venue to reunite with old friends and family members who may not live in the community year-round.

“This is what you do the weekend after Labor Day,” Colleen Halley said.

“I grew up here so it is always like a reunion. I’ve seen people I went to elementary school with and high school, so that is why I come here. It is what sets Lavallette apart, it is a locals town.”

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