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Early American History & Culture Come to Life at Union County’s 30th Annual Harvest Festival, Sept. 25

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – On Sunday, Sept. 25, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks & Community Renewal will host the 30th annual Union County Harvest Festival, rain or shine at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“The 30th annual Union County Harvest Festival promises to be a fun-filled event for visitors of all ages,” said Freeholder Chairman Deborah Scanlon. “Walking through the festival grounds in the picturesque Watchung Reservation will give everyone a chance to see early American history come to life.”

There is no shortage of things to do at Trailside on Sept. 25th. Visitors to the Harvest Festival have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of displays, demonstrations and activities, including music and entertainment, a blacksmith demonstration, children’s games and crafts. An always popular feature will be the “Build a Scarecrow” contest, which requires a nominal fee for participation.

Entertainment will be provided by the Family Traditions country-rock band; the Danny Weiss Trio playing Bluegrass, Americana and Swing music; the Rahway Valley Jerseyaires barbershop singers; and comic juggler Will Shaw.

The festival will include a 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.

The Union County Freeholders are pleased to welcome the community lender OneMain Financial as a co-sponsor of the Harvest Festival. OneMain Financial has been serving communities across the country since 1912. For more information about OneMain Financial, visit

Vendors will be on site selling a variety of food and beverages.

The 30th annual Harvest Festival will be held rain or shine. So mark your calendar, harvest your family and friends and come on down. Admission is $4 per person, with children ages seven and younger admitted free of charge. Trailside Nature & Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road (at Coles Avenue) in Mountainside. Additional information can be obtained by calling 908-789-3670 or by visiting our website

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Early American life will be celebrated during the 30th annual Union County Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside. Visitors will enjoy a variety of displays and demonstrations of Early American crafts and work skills, a “Build a Scarecrow” contest, and musical performances from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is $4 per person; children ages seven and younger are admitted free of charge. Trailside is a facility of the Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal and is located at 452 New Providence Road (at Coles Avenue) in Mountainside. For more information, telephone 908-789-3670 or visit the website:

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