Chamber postpones Summerfest in the Park

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The annual Summerfest in the Park presented by the Point Pleasant Chamber of Commerce has been postponed. (MARK R. SULLIVAN /THE OCEAN STAR)

POINT PLEASANT — The annual Summerfest in the Park presented by the Point Pleasant Chamber of Commerce has been postponed, with leaders hoping to reschedule the event until later this year, when they hope restrictions on gatherings and events will be further eased.

“With the restrictions set in place and the amount of people the event draws it is kind of hard for us to plan the event following those guidelines,” Executive Director Gloria DeFalco told The Ocean Star.

“It is not fair to the vendors that come out, the community, the volunteers. Even though the restrictions have opened up a little bit more as of [April 26] we are still going to postpone it and we are in the process of figuring out exactly what we are going to do.”

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The annual summer staple, which was cancelled last year amid the coronavirus pandemic, typically draws upward of 15,000 attendees to Community Park to enjoy hundreds of market vendors, food vendors, children’s rides, live music and other family activities. The event is the Point Pleasant Chamber of Commerce’s largest fundraiser of the year.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday increased capacities will be allowed for a variety of indoor and outdoor venues throughout New Jersey on May 10. General outdoor venues will be allowed to increase capacity from 200 to 500 individuals.

“We put the announcement out on our website prior to Gov. Murphy speaking yesterday. It is very hard to social distance with the amount of people that come out. We want to have an event that we are used to having for the community and for the vendors that come out, so it is still in the planning stages and we are hopeful something will be in the works soon.”

Despite the postponement of its annual summer festivity, the chamber of commerce has a special event planned for Saturday to support two local families.

Point Pleasant Give Back Day, in support of the Dadas and Green families, is scheduled to take place this year on May 1, after being cancelled last year due to COVID-19.

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