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Celebrate 30 Years of Pet Fair at Trailside, May 3
Photo credit: Abenaki Acres Farms
Mountainside, NJ – Kick Up Your Heels & Run to the 30th Annual Pet Fair! Visit with live alpacas from Abenaki Acres Farms at the 30th Annual Pet Fair hosted by Trailside Nature and Science Center on Sunday, May 3, from noon-5 p.m. Visitors can enjoy free face painting and a petting zoo, numerous educational table displays focusing on proper pet care and shopping for pet-related products. Many pet rescue organizations will also be on hand with animals available for adoption. Demonstrations during the afternoon include sled dogs, flyball dog clubs, Frisbee disc dogs, lure coursing, K-9 search and rescue and much more! Admission to the Pet Fair is $3 per person with children six years old and younger admitted free of charge. Children’s games, pony rides and refreshments will be available for an additional fee. For more information on scheduled demonstrations and exhibitors, 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.
MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The 30th 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 3rd from noon until 5:00 p.m.
“The afternoon promises to be informative and entertaining for children, adults and pets alike,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.
One of the highlights of the afternoon will be the New Jersey Rescue and Recovery K9 Unit. Handlers will explain how search
dog teams assist emergency personnel in locating missing persons during any crisis and they will show how their dogs are trained for air/scent certification and human remains detection. Follow these teams off leash for a live search and rescue demonstration into the wilderness of the Watchung Reservation at 3:00 p.m.
Back by popular demand will be Kathy Murarik of the New Jersey Sled Dog Club to demonstrate the skills of her sled dog team. Kathy and her team will lead off our 30th Anniversary celebrations at 12:30 p.m. Visitors can watch as her dogs are hitched to a sled specially modified for New Jersey terrain.
Welcome alpacas to Trailside at 1:00 p.m. as Bill and Elizabeth Johnson showcase 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
The excitement continues at 1:30 p.m. with a flyball demonstration given by Release the Hounds and the Garden State Barkway flyball dog clubs. Cheer on your favorite team as they relay race over hurdles to retrieve a tennis ball.
The fur really flies in this fast-paced, action-packed demonstration of canine athleticism.
Join the hard-working dogs of the Union County K-9 Division and their handlers at 2:00 p.m. to discover how these canine crime fighters are trained for their special line of work. Officers with the K-9 Division will demonstrate how their dogs sniff out drugs and explosives.
Photo courtesy of Bob Warick
Mountainside, NJ – The Fur Flies at Trailside’s 30th Annual Pet Fair! Cheer on your favorite canine as they leap, jump and sprint to celebrate the 30th Annual Pet Fair at Trailside Nature and Science Center on Sunday, May 3, from noon-5 p.m. Enjoy watching Flyball Dog Relay Races and canine Frisbee disk acrobatics with members of the Garden State Barkway and Release the Hounds Flyball dog clubs and the Yankee Flyers Dog and Disc Club. Throughout the afternoon visitors can enjoy free face painting and a petting zoo, numerous educational table displays focusing on proper pet care and shopping for pet-related products. Many pet rescue organizations will also be on hand with animals available for potential adoption. Admission to the Pet Fair is $3 per person with children six years old and younger admitted free of charge. Children’s games, pony rides and refreshments will be available for an additional fee. For more information about scheduled demonstrations and exhibitors, 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.
Get ready to cheer again at 2:30 p.m. as canine members of Paw Pals demonstrate “lure coursing.” In this fast-paced event, dogs will compete against each other as they chase a plastic bag “rabbit.” Bring your dog and give this sport a try for a small fee.
At 3:30 p.m. join the Yankee Flyers Dog and Disc Club as the dogs show off their athletic capabilities: running and leaping to catch Frisbee plastic disks. 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 these active sports. Audience participation is encouraged!
Our fun-filled afternoon concludes with the inaugural American Pet Idol Contest at 4:00 p.m. hosted by The National Foundation for Animal Rescue. If you think your pet has what it takes, then enter him or her in this talent contest. Categories will include Most Obedient, Best Trick, Best Tail Wagger, and Best Pet/Owner Look Alike. Entries are $1 per category and prizes will be awarded. Registration takes place at The National Foundation for Animal Rescue’s table on event day.
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. Have fun listening to the musical sounds of a folk singer while watching the myriad beautiful pets at the 30th annual Pet Fair.
Admission to the Pet Fair, which includes free face painting and a free petting zoo, is $3
per person, with children six years old and younger admitted free of charge. For an additional fee, children can enjoy pony rides or win prizes by playing games such as “Hole in One,” “Ring Toss” and “Basketball Throw.”
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.