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Rockin’ the Reservation Event Coming to Union County’s Watchung Reservation on September 29th


The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that the second annual Rockin’ the Reservation seasonal family activity event will take place on Sunday, September 29, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Loop in Union County’s Watchung Reservation.

The Loop is located off W.R. Tracy Drive in Mountainside. It features large open fields, picnic areas, restrooms, playgrounds, and access to rustic hiking trails.

“Rockin’ the Reservation provided hundreds of Union County families and visitors with a full afternoon of seasonal activities in its first year, and we are anticipating another good turnout this year,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski.

Seasonal activities include pumpkin painting at the Pumpkin Patch, provided by Williams Nursery, and a Build-Your-Own-Scarecrow station.

Pony rides and other children’s activities are also featured throughout the event, which includes three entertainment venues:

  • Main Stage: The Vinnys, Rockabilly Roadhouse, and a special Drum Circle using paint cans.
  • Kids Korner: Magician Joe Fischer and musician Mr. Ray.
  • Multi-Cultural Performances: The Rahway Valley Jerseyaires Barbershop Singers, the Chinese American Music Ensemble, the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre Flamenco, and more.

Rockin’ the Reservation also features almost two dozen art and craft activities for all ages, and a Music Tent where children can play percussion and string instruments.

Food trucks, ice cream and kettle corn will be onsite during Rockin’ the Reservation.

Admission to Rockin’ the Reservation is $5 per person for ages 8 and up. All children ages 7 and under are admitted free of charge. Please note that an additional participation fee applies to scarecrow building, pumpkin painting and pony rides, regardless of age.

Free parking with a free shuttle to the Loop is available at the nearby Watchung Stables at 1160 Summit Lane in Mountainside and the Trailside Nature and Science Center at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside. A limited number of spots are also available within The Loop itself.

For additional information on Rockin’ the Reservation or other activities in Union County Parks visit or call the Parks Department at 908-527-4900.

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