Winding roads around Lake Hopatcong rarely form a neat four-cornered square, but organizers of the Lake Hopatcong Block Party have never let geometry get in their way. The popularity of the annual event, held on the sprawling grounds of Hopatcong State Park, proves that block parties aren’t just for squares.

The sixth annual block party, hosted by the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, from 10-5 at the park (260 Lakeside Boulevard, Landing). Live the Lake NJ is the main sponsor.

The block party will draw an estimated 3,000 guests to enjoy more than a dozen food vendors and 180 booths showcasing businesses, nonprofit organizations, and crafters. There will also be live demonstrations, raffles, giveaways, boat and trackless-train rides, a children’s ID program, touch-a-truck opportunities, and a children’s scavenger hunt/activity area. The Passport Adventure program encourages guests to check in at sponsors’ booths to collect stamps toward prizes.

The Lake Hopatcong Block Party visitors together with businesses, non-profit organizations, craft vendors, community groups and food merchants. (Photo: Lake Hopatcong Foundation)

A new attraction is Marina Way, a designated area for boat displays. Dog-friendly activities will be highlighted by a canine costume parade (with prizes) and a “pooches and smooches” photo spot.

At the Mayors Corner, people can interact with town officials from Jefferson, Mount Arlington, Hopatcong, and Roxbury. First aid units will be on hand along with Jefferson’s fire boat, Defender, and Mount Arlington’s antique fire truck.

Parking onsite will be offered on a space-available basis for a $10 donation. Free parking, with shuttle service, will be provided at the Landing Park Recreation Complex, Landing shopping center, Hopatcong Senior Center, and Hilltop Sports Complex.

To volunteer for the block party or obtain additional information, visit lakehopatcongfoundation.org or call 973-663-2500.

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