Union County, NJ – Exciting new acts and new attractions have been added to the annual Union County Fair featuring MusicFest, Union County’s five-day celebration of great free outdoor music combined with all the fun and flair of a traditional county fair. Free MusicFest shows are scheduled on all five days of the Union County Fair, from Wednesday, September 14 to Sunday, September 18 at Oak Ridge Park in Clark.
The MusicFest headliner this year is Blondie, the pop powerhouse fronted by golden-voiced Deborah Harry, performing on Saturday night. Other highlights include Live’s Ed Kowalczyk and Collective Soul on Friday night, Mike Peters of The Alarm and Neon Trees on Saturday, and New Jersey and local bands performing throughout the five-day event.
Also in the lineup are cult favorites Toad the Wet Sprocket, New Jersey’s own Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea, and the amazing Paul Rodgers, voice of the legendary rock band Bad Company.
Sunday is New Jersey Family Day at the County Fair, with a full slate of New Jersey and local performers on all stages including The Smithereens featuring Union County’s own Pat DiNizio, a Springsteen tribute by School of Rock All-Stars, and headliner Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.
Also part of the Jersey Day festivities is the Classic Car Show featuring the famed Batmobile.
This year, MusicFest also features up-and-coming young local musicians from the School of Rock on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Carnival rides, food and craft vendors, displays by local businesses, Kid’s Kingdom child-friendly music, activities and crafts, and a “Green Village” for fun environmental education and art round out the attractions, along with the Hell on Wheels BMX daredevils.
The Green Village includes eye-popping recycled art, educational displays, and the DJ Lab featuring a dance floor illuminated with high efficiency LED lights.
The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County will host a large tent packed with fun and informative activities including a free rain barrel raffle, cooking demonstrations, gardening tips, children’s workshops and the Second Annual Harvest Contest.
All entries in the Harvest Contest get a participation ribbon, and prizes go to the heaviest tomato, heaviest zucchini, strangest looking vegetable, best character made from vegetables, and best quick bread.
For all Union County Fair information including MusicFest and instructions for entering the Harvest Contest, visit theucfair.org, ucmusicfest.org, or facebook.com/musicfest, or follow ucnjmusicfest on Twitter.
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