Photo credit: The Lake Hopatcong Foundation

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation Block Party is once again set to be a day that celebrates New Jersey’s largest lake: from recreation and leisure to business and everyday living. More than 65% of the booths have been sold for this year’s event. The fourth-annual event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, at Hopatcong State Park, will bring together organizations and businesses, bands, on-the-water demonstrations, craft vendors, boat rides, food trucks and restaurants, a train ride, children’s area, and more, for a day to celebrate all facets of Lake Hopatcong life.

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, is hosting this festival and looking for a  variety of vendors including businesses, non-profit organizations, and craft vendors. All of the food vendor slots have been filled. Each vendor will have a 10-foot by 10-foot booth space to showcase their wares or services to guests. The expected attendance for 2017 is 3,000 visitors.

The cost of booth space (before March 15) is $25 for local non-profits, $75 for non-local non-profits, $75 for local businesses, $50 local craft vendors, $75 for non-local craft vendors.  New this year: Premium booth spaces located at the end of each aisle for $325.00. Local vendors are those within the four towns that surround Lake Hopatcong (Hopatcong, Jefferson, Mt. Arlington, and Roxbury). After March 15, 2017, all prices increase by $25.

For arts related businesses or non-profits within the four towns that surround Lake Hopatcong, there is an opportunity to do a 10-minute demonstration. To be eligible for a spot, businesses or groups must purchase a booth and then contact Jennifer DeWitt for more details.

There are also multiple sponsorship opportunities available, which allow for pre-event and day-of-event publicity. Sponsorships range from $500 – $10,000 and a variety of benefits are included at each level.

Anyone who is interested in participating in the day by registering for a booth or sponsorship can email blockparty@lakehopatcongfoundation.org or call the Lake Hopatcong Foundation office at 973-663-2500. Registration can also be completed online at www.lakehopatcongfoundation.org.

“The Lake Hopatcong Foundation Block Party is adding more to the entertainment schedule. You’ll be able to see a performance from An Clar School of Irish Dance, enjoy the Jefferson Fire Department Defender presentation, a reading from Margaret C. Pflug’s book, an aerial demonstration from Roxbury Area Model Airplane Club and a presentation from the Knee Deep Club to name just a few. All of these folks will be in attendance and visitors can stop by their booths to learn more,” said Lake Hopatcong Foundation Development Director Jennifer DeWitt. “New this year: vendors and sponsors can choose their booth location. Last year, we sold out on March 17th so early registration is key to being part of this exciting day.”

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission of “improving Lake Hopatcong for all, now and in the years to come.” The Lake Hopatcong Foundation Block Party is part of the group’s effort to bring together the four towns and two counties that surround Lake Hopatcong and celebrate as a united community.

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