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Union County Gardeners Invited to Show Off their Best Veggies at Free Concert

tomatoes by Ali Eminov via flickrUnion County, NJ – A special Union County Harvest Contest will be part of the festivities this Wednesday, August 17 during the next edition of Union County’s free Summer Arts Festival outdoor concert series. The free concert features the music of The Beatles by Hey Bulldog beginning at 7:30, preceded by a free yoga class at 6:30, at Oak Ridge Park in Clark.

Gardeners are invited to bring samples of their produce for a chance to win a gardening certificate and prizes. Check-in starts at 6:30.

“Produce gardens are flourishing all over Union County, and we’re looking forward to seeing the biggest, best and most unusual specimens that you can grow,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.

Prizes will be given out for the heaviest tomato, the heaviest zucchini, the funniest looking natural vegetable, and the most creative “character” made of up to five different vegetables.

The Union County Harvest Contest is hosted by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County. Extension staff will be available to talk about community programs for all ages including the Master Gardeners, Master Tree Stewards and 4-H Club.

The Extension is supported in part by the Freeholder Board. For more information visit online at

For more details about the Summer Arts series and all activities in Union County parks, visit

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