If there's one festival in South Jersey that really brings on the summer feels, it's the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Festival in Hammonton. And it was really good to get back to it, especially this year.

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Every summer, (it feels like) the entire town of Hammonton (and anyone within a short driving distance) seems to descend around Mount Carmel Lane for several days of food, rides, and live music. It's really one of those events you've got to hit at least once.

This summer, Mt. Carmel Festival (the longest running Italian festival in the United States) returned to its full glory, Ferris wheel, beer garden, bands on stage, and all. Last year's festivities were scaled back due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Truth be told, I hadn't planned on attending the festival this summer, I just serendipitously ended up wandering up to it on Sunday afternoon. I'd been at a new local brewery, which happened to be just two blocks away from the festival, and I could just SMELL all the food, lol.

A friend suggested we head over for a bite to eat, and I'm SO glad we did. It was so yummy indulging in some true Italian favorites. I had a generous, delicious meatball sub, and just when I thought I didn't have room for anything more in my tummy, I spotted a food truck frying up zeppolis, which I promptly devoured.

A couple vendor games (unfortunately I didn't leave with any prizes), and I walked away with a smile on my face.

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You've got one more opportunity to check out the 146th Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Festival this year. It runs through Tuesday night (July 20th). Go support the town! FYI, there's free shuttle service available from Hammonton Middle School located on Liberty Street from 6 to 10 p.m., and much of the proceeds go to charitable, community endeavors.

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