CARTERET–For over 35 years, the arrival of September in Carteret has brought with it the town’s Ethnic Day Festival, a day full of entertainment, foods, and crafts that celebrates the diversity that characterizes this suburban community. With the introduction of the Children’s Charity Trust Fund in 2003, Mayor Dan Reiman has since expanded the festivities to four days with the Children’s Charity Carnival and Charity Car Show.
The Children’s Charity Carnival will run from Thursday, Sept. 15 to Saturday, Sept. 17, and will feature a variety of rides, games and foods, that have made the event a family attraction for years. The carnival will be open from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday nights. Friday night is movie night, with a showing of “Toy Story 3” at 7:15 p.m. and “Twilight: Eclipse” at 9:15 p.m.
Ethnic Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, beginning at 11 a.m. The carnival will resume at 4 p.m., marked by a performance by this year’s Battle of the Bands winners, Small Town Scoundrels, at 5:00 p.m., and Steppin’ Out at 7 p.m. A fireworks show will conclude the day’s festivities at 9 p.m.
Ethnic Day will be followed by the town’s annual car show, held on Carteret Avenue beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18.
“This is always an extraordinary week for celebration with the variety of events hosted,” Reiman said. “Our Children’s Charity Carnival is a fun array of family oriented attractions that has raised tens of thousands of dollars for children’s causes, while our 36th Annual Ethnic Day showcases the cultures that contribute to Carteret’s diversity.”
These events are hosted annually at Carteret Park.
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