FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 19, 2008

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Early American History Comes to Life at Union County Harvest Festival, Sept. 28

Early American History Comes to Life at Union County Harvest Festival

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – On Sunday, Sept. 28, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks & Community Renewal will host the 27th 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 Chairman Angel G. Estrada. “As in years past, the Harvest Festival promises to be a fun-filled event for visitors of all ages.”

Harvest Festival

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.

Along with the many ongoing events,
such as greetings by town crier
Bill Joseph and his wife Alma, there
are several scheduled performances
that you won’t want to miss. Tape your toes to the historical songs and tunes
by Fiddlesticks. Grunt, yodel, and strut
with Andrew Roblin. Enjoy the barbershop harmony of the Rahway Valley Jerseyaires, 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!

Harvest Festival

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, London broil, ribs, chicken, Italian ice, pretzels, shrimp in a basket, kettle korn, ice cream, funnel cake, and freshly squeezed lemonade.

The 27th 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