By PETE WALTON
The first Neptune City Community Fun Day will be held on Sat., Aug. 4 in Memorial Park.
Festivities begin on the day formerly known as Neptune City Day with a 5k race at 8 a.m. and end as usual with a fireworks display.
Borough Clerk Tammy Brown explained that the name change was intended to give a fresh start to the event after its 25th year.
“We want to make it more community oriented and less commercial,” Brown said.
While there will not be vendors, most of the same activities remain, she said.
Tickets for an all-you-can-eat barbecue from 3 to 7 p.m. are on sale for $5 in advance or $7 on the day of the event.
A local landscaper, Pro Lawn Care, purchased the first 50 tickets for distribution to participants.
Former borough resident Anthony Cimino will purchase tickets for community members with part of the proceeds from the signing of his new book, “A Man, A Mop and a Million,” at the Neptune City Community Center tonight (July 19) from 6 to 8 p.m.
The borough clerk emphasized that all the day’s events will be free, with the exception of the barbecue.
“We’ll have a bocce game for fun, a kids run at 2, volleyball on the beach, an ice cream eating contest, a pizza eating contest, face painting and much more,” Brown said.
An application for the 5k run and walk is available from the borough web site, neptunecitynj.com, and at Borough Hall, where barbecue tickets can also be purchased in advance.