WORLDFEST 2017 is a celebration of the diversity of the Township of Old Bridge through music, unique instruments, dance, a variety of different performances and presentations, art, clothing/costumes, crafts, food and more representing many different countries. This amazing four day festival, which also includes carnival games and rides, was created through collaboration between The Township of Old Bridge Cultural Arts Committee and the Old Bridge Public School District. It will take place on October 6, 7, 8, & 9.
Last year WORLDFEST was a three day festival held at the Old Bridge High School Parking Lot, with approximately 5,000 people in attendance. This year we are hosting it at the Lowes Store on Highway Route 9. Thanks to their generous donation of space, we will have use of their entire lot for 4 days over Columbus Day Weekend. Due to the visibility of our location we expect to exceed last year’s numbers in attendance. Route 9 is the busiest highway traveled in Middlesex County. Our neighboring towns of Sayreville, South Amboy, Matawan, Manalapan, Marlboro, Colts Neck and others will be attracted to our event in addition to our Township of Old Bridge, which is the 3rd largest Municipality in Middlesex County with close to 70,000 residents.
All not for profit organizations that participate in the cultural area of our countries (like a mini Epcot) are given as much space as they would like for FREE. Any businesses such as food and various retailers do pay a small fee. That money goes towards expenses such as police, cooling stations, security, clean up, etc.
The way our event works is that all members from different organizations in our community such as the Cultural Arts Committee, schools , PTA’s, clubs, sporting teams, CERT, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, etc. are invited to run the games. Each organization that does participate gets a share of the monies earned from the games. The proceeds of the 50/50 Raffle are to benefit Camp Robin.
However, there are fees involved in running the festival. In order to cover those costs, the Cultural Arts Committee and the Old Bridge Public School District are reaching out to our local businesses asking for them to help sponsor our event either by donating their services and or by making a financial donation. Their donation will be listed on our sponsor board and will receive recognition during the event.
The radio stations Thunder 107.1 and 107.1 The Boss will be running PSA’s leading up to the event as well as advertising on their social media on their station website. We also presale discounted tickets through the school which reaches over 9,000 student households (16 schools in our district) and we will be setting up designated ticket sale spots at serval of our sponsors places of business.
The Cultural Arts Committee is designating a trust fund for Cottrell Farm, which is a historical property slated to become a Cultural Arts Hub for the Community of Old Bridge.
This festival is community driven! So many residents step up and volunteer their time, talents, and money towards its success. This event is a way of teaching our children to respect and embrace each other’s differences, as well as to learn about various cultures and be able to participate in their customs.
Performance schedule will be posted on or before October 1st, please check back for the listing.
We hope you will come celebrate WORLDFEST 2017 with us.