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The Fur Flies at Trailside’s 29th Annual Pet Fair, May 4

Visit with live alpacas from Abenaki Acres Farms at the 29th annual Pet Fair hosted by Trailside Nature and Science Center on Sunday, May 4 from noon-5 p.m.
Visit with live alpacas from Abenaki Acres Farms at the 29th annual Pet Fair hosted by Trailside Nature and Science Center on Sunday, May 4 from noon-5 p.m. Visitors can enjoy free face painting and petting zoo, numerous educational table displays focusing on proper pet care and shopping for pet-related products. Demonstrations during the afternoon include sled dogs, flyball dog clubs, Frisbee dogs, lure coursing and much more! Admission to the Pet Fair is $3 per person with children ages 6 and younger admitted free of charge. Children’s games and refreshments will be available for an additional fee. For more information please call 908-789-3670 or visit us on line at www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Jaison Appel of Hillside meets a baby chick last year at Trailside Nature and Science Center’s annual Pet Fair
Jaison Appel of Hillside meets a baby chick last year at Trailside Nature and Science Center’s annual Pet Fair. This year the fair will be held on Sunday, May 4 from noon-5 p.m. Admission is $3 per person with children ages 6 and younger admitted free of charge. Admission includes free face painting, a petting zoo and a variety of entertaining demonstrations including Frisbee dogs, lure coursing, flyball dogs and sled dogs. For additional information about the Pet Fair, call 908-789-3670 or visit us on line at www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Mountainside, NJ – The 29th Annual Pet Fair, presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, will be held at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside on Sunday, May 4th from noon until 5:00 p.m.

“The afternoon promises to be informative and entertaining for children, adults and pets alike,” said Freeholder Chairman Angel G. Estrada.

Featured this year at the Pet Fair is “lure coursing” at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. The Garden State Canine Association, along with rescued greyhounds from “Make Peace with Animals,” will demonstrate this exciting sport. In this fast-paced competition, dogs will be running against each other as they chase after a plastic bag “rabbit.” Bring your dog and give this sport a try for a fee. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Trailside Nature and Science Center.

Back by popular demand will be Kathy Murarik of the New Jersey Sled Dog Club to demonstrate the working skills of her sled dog team. Kathy and her team will “pull” off the afternoon’s first demonstration at 12:30 p.m. Visitors can watch as her dogs are hitched to a sled specially modified for New Jersey terrain.

After the sled dogs, at 1:15 p.m., members of the Seeing Eye Puppy Project will show how puppies are prepared for their formal training as guide dogs for the blind. Hear how the project started and learn how your family can become involved in this rewarding experience.

Highlighting the afternoon’s presentations at 2:15 p.m. is Bill and Elizabeth Johnson and their alpacas from Abenaki Acres Farms in Hunterdon County. Learn all about alpacas and discover the history of alpaca farming in New Jersey. Meet live animals from the Abenaki herd and examine a variety of alpaca fleece products available for purchase.

The excitement continues at 2:45 and 4:00 p.m. with a flyball demonstration given by Release the Hounds, Garden State Barkway and Great Balls of Fire flyball dog clubs. After them, the Yankee Flyers Dog and Disc Club will show off their athletic dogs as they run and leap to catch Frisbees. Visitors can enjoy the amazing talents of these dogs and discover how they are trained for acrobatic canine sports. Members of the flyball and disc clubs will explain how you and your dog can take part in this sport. Audience participation is encouraged!

Pets have become such an important part of our lives. If they get sick or hurt, we need to respond in the correct manner. At 3:15 p.m. the American Red Cross will discuss pet first aid in times of an illness, injury, or crisis.

A variety of organizations dedicated to educating the public about pets and pet products will be on hand all afternoon. You may purchase bandanas, bones and other pet paraphernalia while enjoying the afternoon’s festivities.

Visit TheraPets and discover how animals create a sense of well-being for people in classroom settings, nursing homes, and hospitals. The Mighty Cavits and Rodents 4-H Club will talk about small animals that are commonly kept as pets. Meet some animals available for adoption and have all your pet health questions answered by Dr. Markowitz of the Boulevard Veterinary Clinic.

Admission to the Pet Fair, which includes free face painting and a free petting zoo, is $3 per person, with children ages 6 and younger admitted free of charge. For an additional fee, children can win prizes by playing games such as “Hole in One,” “Ring Toss” and “Basketball Throw.” Refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon.

The Trailside Visitor Center, with its many state-of-the-art exhibits, will be open during the fair. Visitors can observe the live fish, turtles and frogs in the wetland habitat on the lower level of the facility or peer into a simulated nest of a red-shouldered hawk from the upper level. Numerous “please touch me” exhibits provide an educational experience for adults and children alike. Don’t forget to visit the Night Theater, a seven-minute, multi-sensory experience that investigates the world of nocturnal animals!

Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. For further information about the Pet Fair or upcoming spring and summer programs at Trailside, please call 908-789-3670 or visit us on the web at www.ucnj.org/trailside.