Community Day, which is Lawrence Township’s annual celebration of itself and all things that the township has to offer, is set for Oct. 3.
The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at Central Park, off Eggerts Crossing Road.
The festival was canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Municipal Manager Kevin Nerwinski said the community needs to gather, celebrate and reconnect, and that’s why Community Day is being brought back.
“The virus has been a challenge for all of us, but the vaccines have changed the game and armed us with a very effective way to fight back,” Nerwinski said. “We will have our day and implement proper COVID-19 protocol, which will require attendees to cooperate to make this event successful and safe.”
Meanwhile, nearly 60 nonprofit groups and businesses have signed up to take part in Community Day.
The Lawrence Township Police Department will show off its drone, and there will be a touch-a-truck area for children.
There will be airbrush tattoos, live music and children’s entertainers The Lizard Guys.
Among the representatives of the groups and businesses that will set up their booths in Central Park are the Lawrence Township Education Foundation and Lawrenceville Main Street.
Also, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail, the League of Women Voters of Lawrence Township, Girls Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey, Cub Scout Pack 28 and Boys Scouts of America Troop 27 will set up booths.
Usborne Books & More, which is a children’s book publisher, and Boo Bear Books, which offers children’s books, each has signed up for a booth at Community Day.
Arts and crafts vendors, such as Suzecreations, which offers handmade jewelry, crystals and dolls; For the Love of Dolls, which has handmade doll clothes and accessories; AmiKat, an independent crafter that specializes in hand-crocheted stuffed animals; and Little House of Hues and its handmade custom recycled crayons, will have booths.
Among the groups that also will set up informational booths are Limitless Behavioral Services, which focuses on behavioral therapy for children with autism, and Womanspace Inc., which helps victims of domestic and sexual abuse.
Sage Day Princeton, a private therapeutic school for students struggling with mental health and emotional issues, and the WorkWell Partnership, which is a job-training program for ex-offenders, plan to set up booths.
Businesses ranging from Cypress Holdings Group, Fetch! Pet Care, Terry the Honey Lady, Enhance It All and Complete Health Yoga studio will set up booths at Central Park.
And if all of that walking around makes visitors hungry, food trucks and vendors – from the House of Cupcakes to Regency Desserts, Deputy Dawg and Cafe du Pain – will offer food and refreshments.