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Union County Fair Helps Fight Cancer with Rock On! Walkathon and 5K Rock ‘n’ Run

Union County, NJ – The Union County Fair featuring MusicFest is Union County’s premier public entertainment event, and it has also become a leader in raising funds to fight cancer. This September, for the fifth year in a row, the County Fair will host the Rock On! Walkathon and 5K Rock ‘n’ Run. The proceeds will benefit two cancer organizations, the Love Hope Strength Foundation and The Valerie Fund.

“These two fundraisers form the ‘heart and soul’ of the Union County Fair,” said Union County Freeholder Deborah Scanlon. “Every year we have great participation from hundreds of caring individuals and music fans who love to join with friends, family and neighbors to reach out and make a difference.”

The Union County Fair, located at Oak Ridge Park in Clark, takes place over five days from Wednesday September 14 to Sunday September 18. MusicFest is a series of free outdoor concerts presented by Overlook Medical Center, which runs on each day of the fair.

The Rock On! Walkathon and 5K Rock ‘n’ Run will take place at the Union County Fair on Saturday morning, September 17. To sign up and get complete details<><><>.

Love Hope Strength will also once again host a bone marrow registry at The Union County Fair. More than 1,000 fair-goers have joined the registry so far in previous years, resulting in fourteen potentially lifesaving matches.

Love Hope Strength was co-founded by Mike Peters of the Welsh rock band The Alarm, to help ensure that people in every community have access to quality cancer treatment and the best medication available.

Peters will perform at MusicFest on Saturday, September 17.

The Valerie Fund was established in 1976 in memory of Valerie Goldstein, by her parents. It supports a network of seven centers for children with cancer and blood disorders in New Jersey. In addition to benefitting Love Hope Strength, the Union County Fair fundraisers will benefit the Valerie facility in Union County, located at Overlook Medical Center in Summit.

For all Union County Fair updates including the Rock On! Walkathon, 5K Rock ‘n’ Run, and MusicFest,<><>,<>, or follow ucnjmusicfest<!/ucnjmusicfest/> on Twitter.

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