WHITESBORO, N.J. (CBS) — Oprah Winfrey made a surprise stop at a New Jersey town to participate in a community event. Community members were shocked by the visit from the famous icon during the 30th Anniversary and Annual Whitesboro Reunion Festival.READ MORE: EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Center City Hit-And-Run Leaves Woman In Critical Condition, Police Say
The festival, hosted by Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro, took place over Labor Day Weekend.
Steadman Graham, a well-known public figure as well as Oprah’s partner of over 25 years, is originally from Whitesboro prompting the visit.
Photos show Oprah being swarmed by fans as they lined up to take pictures with the talk show host, actress, producer, and known philanthropist.
Roots, like many other excited fans, also scored photos with Oprah and told Eyewitness News that she took time to engage with the community members, community leaders, and even enjoy replica artwork created by Shirley Green, founder of the Whitesboro Historical Foundation Museum.READ MORE: 'This Is What We Do In A Small Town': Mullica Hill Residents Continue Recovery Efforts Weeks After Tornado
Both Oprah and Steadman were generous in offering fan their time and taking photos with them throughout the Saturday’s event.
Graham’s daughter Wendy flew all the way from Chicago with her young daughter to attend the event and support her father, according to Roots.
“Great time,” tweeted Tanzie Youngblood, a retired teacher and a former candidate for the 2018 New Jersey primary election. She lost to Jeff Van Drew, but remains very involved in the Whitesboro community according to Roots.
The theme for the milestone event was “Pearls of Wisdom“.
Whitesboro, located in Cape May County, hosted the two-day event at numerous venues including the Christ Gospel “Love Center” Banquet Hall, the Whitesboro Historical Foundation, and the MLK Center, according to the organization’s Facebook page.MORE NEWS: New Jersey Man Credits Keeping Mind Active As He Celebrates 105th Birthday
Oprah’s appearance was a highlight for community members during an already amazing Labor Day Weekend that boasted tons of fun, food, and arts.