Breaking Down Hopatcong's Biggest Day
Close to 1,000 people could fill the borough on July 9. Here's why you should go.
Close to 1,000 people could fill Modick and Maxim Glen parks on July 9, the second of the borough's three-day Hopatcong Days celebration.
Nine events have been scheduled for the day, from pony rides to a hot dog eating contest. Everyone will have their favorites. But some people will want to hit the magician show, skip the baking contest and hang around the petting zoo.
Here's why you should go:
Hot Dog Eating Contest
When/Where: 2 p.m. at Modick Park.
Why Go: Because you can already feel the heartburn setting in. Watch as some of the borough's biggest eaters enter with visions of Kobayashi and leave with, uh, unpleasant breath.
When/Where: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Maxim Glen Park.
Why Go: Because that guy just pulled a rabbit out of a hat and he's got your nose.
When/Where: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Maxim Glen Park gazebo.
Why Go: Because you won't get a chance to listen to the bands when you're down the street at the …
Antique Car Show
When/Where: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Hopatchung Road.
Why Go: Last year's show brought out the big, shiny toys. Expect them to be there again in their all their gas-guzzling glory.
When/Where: 3 p.m. at Maxim Glen Park
Why Go: Rub elbows with some of Hopatcong's culinary masters. And then steal their recipes and impress your families.
Craft Fair and Food Vendors
When/Where: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Modick and Maxim Glen parks.
Why Go: Because you love greasy sausage sandwiches and hamburgers and the goofy trinkets often sold at events like these.
Little League's Balloon Animals and More
When/Where: Noon to 4 p.m. at Maxim Glen Park
Why Go: Because you've tried—and failed—at making balloon animals for your kids in the past. Let the pros handle it. And while you're at it, grab some cotton candy and a snow cone. They'll give you energy for the rest of the day's festivities.
When/Where: Noon to 3 p.m. at Modick Park.
Why Go: Because the rides will make for excellent photo opportunities.
When/Where: Noon to 3 p.m. at Modick Park
Why Go: Because you pet your dog, cat, iguana and hamster all the time. Give you kid a chance to get close to a farm animal, minus the long drive.