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Enjoy Outdoor Fun for Everyone in Union County on Sunday, Sept. 30

Union County, NJ – The skies are finally clearing, the outlook is bright for a beautiful weekend, and all of Union County is invited to turn out for the first ever “Rockin’ the Reservation” fall family fun fest at the Watchung Reservation in Mountainside on Sunday, September 30, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“This new event combines our most popular fall season activities with a whole new roster of live performances and hands-on activities that everyone can enjoy, all day long,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados.

As a newly updated and expanded version of Union County’s annual harvest festival, Rockin’ the Reservation features traditional activities of the season including a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, pony rides and a scarecrow building station.

Adding to fun is a new lineup of art, craft, music, and dance activities along with non-stop live performances: a DJ, country bands, dance and art demonstrations, and much more.

Admission for children age 7 and under is free. For ages 8 and over, admission is $5.00. Additional modest fees may apply to some of the activities.

Visitors can also tour the nearby Sensory Friendly Trail, a new all-access feature that invites all ages and abilities to explore the out-of-doors. The trail is free to all and is open from dawn to dusk every day.

Rockin’ the Reservation takes place on the grounds of Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center, located in the Watchung Reservation at 451 New Providence Road in Mountainside. Trailside is open every day from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Free parking is available at Trailside and at the nearby Loop playground.

For more details and a full schedule visit or call the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation, 908-527-4900.

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