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Early American Crafters and Artisans Are Wanted for 33rd Annual Harvest Festival at Trailside, Sept. 28

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is looking for artisans and crafts people to demonstrate Early American work and craft skills and to sell their hand-crafted wares at Union County’s 33rd Annual Harvest Festival.  The event is a celebration of Early American life featuring music, children’s crafts, games, demonstrations and displays, a petting zoo and much more. The Harvest Festival will take place, rain or shine, at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside on Sunday, September 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“Walking through the festival grounds in the picturesque Watchung Reservation will give everyone a chance to see early American culture and history come to life,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak.  “It is a fascinating, fun-filled event for visitors of all ages.”

The Union County Harvest Festival is a popular event that attracts nearly 4,000 visitors each year. By participating, demonstrators and venders of hand-crafted goods will receive excellent exposure and have the opportunity to educate others about their craft or work skill and the Early American period in general. Examples of the handicrafts and work skills being sought are: blacksmithing, candle making, paper making, broom making, shoe making, hat making, jewelry making, quilting and other colonial or native American crafts or skills.

For details about how to participate, please call the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation at (908) 527- 4096.

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