Instead of the usual three-day stint of festivities, Kennedy Community Days will this year be stripped down to a single event on Saturday, Aug. 14.
The event – running from 6 to 10 p.m. – will include food trucks, fireworks and inflatable rides operated by the Kennedy Volunteer Fire Department.
After canceling altogether in 2020 on account of the coronavirus, Mel Weinstein, treasurer and interim manager, said the township was blindsided this year by their long-time carnival contractor, which turned the Kennedy job down on late notice to take on a higher paying job elsewhere.
Attempts to engage other carnival service providers were unsuccessful, said Weinstein. Officials opted instead to proceed with a scaled-down event held on a single evening.
Weinstein said he hopes the fireworks, coupled with a pent up desire for socialization after months of restrictions, may still bring about a good turnout.
“The key is in the name,” he said. “Community Days.”