HAMMONTON – The South Jersey Transportation Authority will kick-off the 2024 summer season with its annual 100 Days of Summer event 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, May 24 at the Farley Service Plaza on the Atlantic City Expressway (Milepost 21.3).

Eastbound tolls at the Egg Harbor Toll Plaza will be free 4-5 p.m. Friday, courtesy of Chickie’s & Pete’s®, the Philadelphia-area sports bar and restaurant chain. Chickie’s & Pete’s will also be sending its Crabfries Express food truck to dole out free crabfries throughout the day.

“We’re thrilled to roll out the red carpet for our annual 100 Days of Summer party and invite those visiting Atlantic City and the breathtaking vacation spots along the South Jersey shore to make the most of our service plaza amenities,” SJTA Executive Director Stephen F. Dougherty said in a release.  “There’s truly something for all ages from restaurants, car show, health check-ups, artisanal crafts, books, jewelry, and even a petting zoo for the kids.”

  • WIP Sports Radio and WPHT 1210 Talk Radio will have live, remote broadcasts with radio personalities and give out prizes to lucky winners.
  • Applegreen, operator of the Farley Service Plaza, be handing out free samples of their delicious goodies sold at the plaza throughout the year.
  • Ron’s Gardens of Hammonton will offer a wide variety of JERSEY FRESH® produce, fruits and garden plants in season, a favorite among shore-bound travelers, especially those spending vacation time at their summer homes or rentals.
  • The Atlantic City International Airport Fire Department will display and demonstrate some of its trucks and apparatus used to keep the public safe at the airport and in surrounding communities.
  • The South Jersey Transportation Authority’s READI (Roadway Environmental Advancement Initiative) will feature its conservation and wildlife programs.
  • Youngsters will also enjoy the chance to visit ambassadors from the Funny Farm, an animal rescue sanctuary that provides a home for unwanted farm and zoo animals.
  • The Sidewalk Chalk Fun Zone encourages children of all ages to showcase their artistic talents for everyone to see.
  • Nearly 60 businesses, vendors, and artists, including Atlantic Cape Community College, Carmine’s, Comcast, On the Town Food Tours, The Irish Pub, AtlantiCare, Holiday Inn Express, Atlantic County Library System, and dozens of local merchants will offer gift items, jewelry, clothing, among others.
  • Food trucks will appease any craving, including DonutNV, Mister Softee, CrawDaddy’s Cajun, and TACOS Al Carbon, to name a few.
  • The Hero Campaign will be showcasing two HERO Patrol Cars.
  • Thos who are proud of their classic car are invited to stop by to hang out with other automobile lovers in the designated Cruise Lot area. All cruisers will receive a goodie bag containing a dash plaque, shammy, chip clip, and an insurance card holder. The first 50 registrants will also receive a commemorative road core celebrating the upcoming 60th anniversary of the Atlantic City Expressway this July.
  • Visitors are encouraged to check out the Farley Plaza’s 9/11 memorial and the 22-foot brass replica of the Battleship New Jersey built on a 1/48 scale.
  • And those with pets are welcome to take a pitstop with their furry friends in the secure fencedin pet walk area.

Travelers will find Farley Plaza nestled between the east and westbound lanes of the Expressway in a parklike setting.

 


Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.