Music galore, dozens of vendors, food, a beer garden, rides, and a Kids Fun Area are all part of the Annual Festival in the Borough, the region's largest music and street festival, scheduled this year for Saturday Sept. 23, takes place in Downtown Washington from 11 a.m. til 10 p.m.
The event features three stages of music, featuring local and national acts such as the Brian Dean Moore Band, Too Stupid To Quit, the JerZgirls, the John Ginty Band, Santana Tribute Band Jingo, Above Ground Blues Band, Skylar Burrell Band, and Dizaster Horse. Ginty's band is coming off a U.S. Tour. In addition to his own band, Ginty often tours with the Dixie Chicks. A true showman, Ginty is among the world's premier B-3 Hammond organ players.
Presented by Visions Federal Credit Union and the Washington Business Improvement District, Festival in the Borough is a free admission event and is considered one of the top festivals in the area.
Additional sponsors and support for this year's event include PNC Bank, Hackettstown Medical Center, Rossi Chevy Buick GMC, Scotty's Stadium Club, Castle Family Dentistry, Warren County Dental Center, Stew's Auto Body, Williams Irish Tavern, WRNJ Radio, WXPN Radio, and Good Impressions Printing & Mailing. The Skylands Songwriters Guild will host the Rossi Chevy Buick GMC Acoustic Tent at Gaia's Gifts and the Washington Fire Department mans the Beer Garden. The festival is also made possible through a grant from the Warren County Cultural & Heritage Commission.
The Festival in the Borough always has an array of vendors selling crafts and other items and for the second year in a row the Washington Farmers Market will be set up for business as well. The Kids Fun Area this year features hula hooping and new this year, Eazy Bubble Man!
A kickoff party is scheduled at Williams' Irish Tavern on Friday night, Sept. 22, from 8 p.m. to midnight, with live music on tap.