Deerfield Township Harvest Festival Marks its 40th Celebration

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On Oct 4, 5, 6 and 7, Deerfield Township, a relatively small rural community, opens its doors and welcomes thousands of visitors and area residents to enjoy a weekend filled with live music, fun, food, fireworks and more.

This year’s festival theme "40 Years of Great Music, Farming, Family, Food and Fun" means that amid the jam-packed schedule of live music, amusement rides and games, children’s fun, craft and business exhibits, farm tours, a singing contest, fireworks and a bounty of delicious foods.  The Festival and Township Committee will recognize the past Farmers of the Year and Farm Heritage Award winners as honored guests in the parade as well as Harvest Festival Committee members who have served for many years.

The family-friendly, midway of Skelly’s Amusements and Games featuring 20 rides and various games opens on Thursday, Oct. 4, 5–9 p.m. Only the amusement rides will be open Thursday evening with limited food and beverages available and there is no admission charge for anyone on Thursday. The $45 Super Pass which includes unlimited rides all festival hours all weekend will cost $40 if you buy it on Thursday. After Thursday, the Super Pass for all remaining days and hours of the festival will cost $45. The daily ride specials are another affordable alternative for families. The $25 daily ride pass allows riding all the rides unlimited times during specified hours of the day the pass is purchased. Daily ride specials are Thurs. 5-9 p.m., Friday, 5-10 p.m., Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Credit cards accepted for amusement rides only.

All Festival activities including the amusement area, food court, business, craft and community displays and local bands start at 5 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 5. The SingFest Contest, sponsored by SNJ Today, begins at 7 p.m. on Friday. The top 3 in each of 3 age categories will compete in the finals on Saturday, October 6 at 12:30 p.m. The Recreation Committee food booth will feature hot dogs and sodas for $1 each on Thursday and Friday nights.                                         

Cartoon Characters, sponsored by Fulton Bank of NJ, will roam the festival on Sat. and Sun, 1  to 5 p.m.. Farm tours, sponsored by Cumberland County Board of Freeholders, will visit Cedar Rose Vineyards and depart from the festival Sat. and Sun. afternoons. Youngsters will also enjoy Rainbow the Clown, Zeke on Stilts, USA Break Dancers, Jungle Joe’s Wildlife Adventure and Free Cycle Action Sports BMX Bike Thrill Show and more.

On Sat., Oct. 6, Phil Vassar makes his return to the festival stage at 8:30 p.m. to help celebrate the 40th anniversary. Separate Ways, the ultimate tribute to the music of Journey and the Sensational Soul Cruisers will each perform two sets on Saturday. The SingFest finals will take place at 12:30 p.m..

On Sun., Oct. 7, The Deerfield Township Harvest Festival Parade, which was not held for the past few years, is making a comeback this year on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at NOON as part of the Festival’s 40th celebration.

Country star Eric Paslay brings the music to an exciting conclusion. The Exceptions and Rubix Kube will each perform two sets on Sunday.

There are a limited number of reserved seats in the special Friends of the Festival section right in front of the stage for sale for $16 each. They may be ordered and paid for online by using PayPal or credit and debit cards. Payment by check or cash will be accepted at the Deerfield Township Municipal Building in Rosenhayn by mail or in person on weekdays from 8 am to 4 p.m. Seats are assigned when payment is received and processed so payment online at is the quickest and most convenient way to get seats assigned. 

If any seats remain available after the advance order deadline of Oct. 1, they will be sold at the festival.

The major sponsors to date for the Festival are Comcast, Cumberland County Cultural and Heritage Commission, NJ State Council on the Arts, Cumberland County Improvement Authority, National Refrigerants, SNJ Today, English Sewage Disposal and South Jersey Times and and many others continue to support the Festival to allow us to bring great entertainers to the stage in Rosenhayn.

For the latest information on entertainment and other events and to register to receive email updates from the Festival, visit Follow the Festival on Facebook, or call 856-455-3200.