FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2007

Debra Judd, Parks & Recreation: 908-527-4930
Tom Plante, Public Information: 908-527-4746


Early American History Comes to Life at Union County Harvest Festival, Sept. 30

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – On Sunday, Sept. 30, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks, Recreation & Facilities will host the 26th annual Harvest Festival, rain or shine at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“Walking through the festival grounds will give everyone a chance to see history come to life,” said Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski. “As in years past, the Harvest Festival promises to be a fun-filled event for visitors of all ages.”

At this year’s Harvest Festival, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of displays and demonstrations, including a Revolutionary War encampment, quilting, canoe building, gunsmithing, soap making, bobbin lace making, loom work, colonial games, basket making, fur trapping and trading, and butter churning.

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Along with the many ongoing events, there are several scheduled performances that you won’t want to miss. Enjoy Native American traditional dancing, singing and tales from artist Jerry Thundercloud McDonald. Tap your toes to tunes of Kurt Gallagher. Grunt, yodel, and strut with Andrew Roblin. Enjoy the barbershop harmony of the Rahway Valley Jersey Aires, and sing along with a musical performance by Fresh Cut Grass. This entertaining line-up promises to please visitors both young and old with good humor and great cheer!

The festival will include Native American lodge and artifact displays, storytelling and performances, colonial and Native American crafts and work skills, a petting zoo, pony rides, log sawing and shingle splitting, and so much more. An always popular feature will be the “Build a Scarecrow” contest, which requires a nominal fee for participation.

Vendors will be on site selling a wide variety of food, such as corn on the cob, baked potatoes, bratwurst, kettle korn, ice cream, funnel cake, and freshly squeezed lemonade.

The 26th annual Harvest Festival will be held rain or shine. So mark your calendar, harvest your family and friends and come on down. Admission is $3.00 per person, with children ages seven and younger admitted free of charge.

Trailside Nature & Science Center is located at
452 New Providence Road in Mountainside.
Additional information can be obtained
by calling 908-789-3670 or
by visiting our website at