Englewood Art Festival draws huge crowd


By Ron Nunnari

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ENGLEWOOD — The 49th annual Englewood Art Festival held Aug. 12 and 13 attracted thousands of area residents to Centennial Park to purchase a variety of products from artisans and small businesses while enjoying music, food, and a car show on Sunday.

Saturday’s parade at 9 a.m. was greeted by light rain that lasted only a few minutes just as the parade began.

The parade featured local Scout groups, the Northmont NJROTC, council members from local cities, units from the Clayton, Englewood and Union fire and police departments, the Northmont High School Marching Band and Color Guard, Northmont Wee Bolts, Northmont Soccer Association, Blitz Cheerleaders, Montgomery County Sheriff Rob Streck, County Auditor Karl Keith, Instinct Dance Company and several local churches and civic organizations.

After the parade, the skies cleared, and everyone gathered in the woods in Centennial Park to peruse items for sale at artisan and local business booths.

Despite slightly humid conditions Saturday, thousands of people poured into the park to enjoy the festivities. The Northmont Marching Band licked off Saturday’s entertainment on the stage in the woods.

Next to take the stage was the Victorious KayBirds performing a mix of soul, rock, blues, country, Cajun, and original tunes. The Bucket List Players, an eight-piece horn band followed at 4 p.m. performing classic funk, rock, soul, and R&B classics featuring tunes made famous by Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, Stevie Wonder, and The Commodores.

Sunday’s entertainment began with The Honey Creek Cloggers at 11:30 a.m. followed by the Englewood Civic Band led by Director Roy Swanson. ‘Kip the Pirate’ closed out the musical performances at 3 p.m. playing acoustic guitar and singing.

This year’s car show featured close to 100 vehicles featuring restored classic cars, some with tricked out engines and interiors, and a few late model cars on display at the west end of the park.

Festival attendees enjoyed food from multiple vendors selling everything from deep fried veggies, pork tenderloin, blooming onion, fried pickles and cheese, corn dogs, fresh cut French fries, pizza, corn on the cob and homemade ice cream and more.

“The weather turned out to be fantastic. Look at this crowd,” said Englewood Mayor Tom Franz as he toured the park Sunday. “We got lucky yesterday. The rain split up and the storm went to the north and south and it turned out to be a great day.”

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