Saturday, May 7th, 10am to 3pm
32nd ANNIVERSARY!!!, Murphy’s Market and the Medford Lakes Lions Club partner to bring you the World Famous Annual Family Food Festive otherwise known as MURPHY’S DAY! Come join us at Murphy’s at the Lakes for a day full of fun…great food, great prizes, great games. As always, there will be a monstrous array of great prizes for our fundraising raffles.
A Little History…
Murphy’s Markets Family Food Festival was created in 1990 through the vision of Mr. Ron Murphy, Sr., proprietor of Murphy’s Markets, Mr. Jack Foty, a Medford Township Lion and Mr. Walter Cavanaugh, a Medford Lakes Lion. The idea was to create a fun, festive atmosphere where families could come together enjoy some good food and fun events while helping to raise money for both Lions clubs to help their communities. The first festival was held on Saturday, May 4th, 1991.
In the beginning, Murphy’s Markets was just one store on Stokes Road in Medford. Since then, Murphy’s Fresh Markets now has 3 locations in the townships of Medford, Tabernacle and Long Beach Island. Throughout all the growth Mr. Ron Murphy, Sr. has remained dedicated to helping the surrounding communities in need with this great event that takes place on the First Saturday in May each year at the original Murphy’s at the Lakes location on Stokes Road in Medford.
In 2007, after the Medford Township Lions ceased to exist, the Medford Lakes Lions took over the full responsibility of the charity side of the event. The substantial amount of money raised each year helps to fund those in need as well as programs that help the surrounding communities of Medford, Medford Lakes, Tabernacle and Shamong. Our Food bank, Cabulance Service, Scholarships, Eyeglass recycling program, Christmas Charities and other Aid to Needy Families are just a few of the ways this great event helps to help us Serve the Community.
The event is a food show with entertainment for children of all ages. Vendors of Murphy’s Markets and some local businesses as well as Murphy’s Fresh Markets themselves sponsor tables at the event and showcase their products as well as promote new items they may be launching.
This year, the Lions will sell wrist bands that will allow unlimited access to all the food and activities. You’ll be able to feast and play between 10AM – 3PM for just $10 per person.
Some great food items are Dietz and Watson Hot dogs, Boarshead will have a 30 foot hoagie, Murphy’s will have their own BBQ area with chicken and burgers, there will be Stewarts root beer floats, Pepsi and Coke products will be available and there will be a Kona water ice truck with 60 flavors. As well, 4 Seasons produce and UNFI specialty foods will have an array of the items they sell for your sampling.
Please note that some vendors may leave early if they run out of product, so be sure to come early! Also, due to the new wristband policy this year, you will not be able to load up and “take out” products, but you can come and go during the event, just keep your wristband on. Remember this is a fundraiser to help the community, so please be mindful with your behavior.
Some of the most loyal participants of the Festival since the beginning have been Dietz and Watson Foods, Boars Head Provisions, Pepsi Cola, Canada Dry, Coca Cola, Stewarts Root Beer, Catelli Bros, Martins Sausage, UNFI (formerly Haddon House Foods) and Murphy’s Markets own specialty products.
Local companies such as Cornerstone Bank, Medford Village Car Care & Hainesport Enterprises, Robey’s Lawnmower Service, Spotts Hardware, Papa Joe’s Salt, Thomas Roth Electrical, Broadway Electric, Valenzano Winery, Whalen Farms and Wheelies Bicycles have continually supported this event through the years.
We as Lions would like to thank them all as well as various other event sponsors that have helped contribute the success of the Annual Murphy’s Markets Family Food Festival!
Prizes and Family Fun
The Lions run a raffle in which all prizes are donated and raffled off at the Festival. Check out the link above to see this year’s amazing list of prizes. Raffle Tickets are $1 each and can be purchased in the lobby of the Lakes and Pines stores from 5-7PM for 2 weeks before the Festival as well as during the event itself. Prizes will be drawn about 2:50PM on that Saturday and you do not need to be present to win!
There is really good food, refreshments (non-alcholic) and something fun to be enjoyed by all ages. Some fun events for this year are: Jack the Balloon Man, 2 Face painters, 2 Moon bounces, a 24ft rock climbing wall, pony rides and a video gaming trailer.
Additionally, Woodford Cedar Run will have animals to see. The Medford Police will have their Command Center and a police motorcycle to view. The Medford Lakes Police will have their Dare truck present. As well, the Medford Fire Department will have vehicles present. Finally, we will be entertained by the “40 North Band”. All of this is inclusive with your wristband.
Please Join us this year on the First Saturday in May to make this event a huge success!