Early American History & Culture Come to Life at Harvest Festival

harvest festival scarecrows 092610MOUNTAINSIDE – On Sunday, Sept. 29, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks & Community Renewal will host the 32nd annual Union County Harvest Festival, rain or shine at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There is no shortage of things to do at Trailside on Sept. 29th. Visitors to the Harvest Festival have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of displays, demonstrations and activities, including music and entertainment, children’s toys and games, Native American cooking and Early American crafts. An always popular feature will be the “Build a Scarecrow” contest, which requires a nominal fee for participation. Vendors will be on site selling a variety of food and beverages.

Entertainment will be provided by David Frost and the Family Traditions country-rock band; the Danny Weiss Trio playing Bluegrass, Americana and Swing music; the Rahway Valley Jerseyaires barbershop singers; and the Native American singers and dancers of the Red Storm Drum and Dance Troupe.

The festival will include Early American artifact displays, storytelling and performances; colonial and Native American crafts and work skills, including a potter, a canoe builder, a flintknapper, a loom weaver, and a fur trader; a petting zoo; pony rides; the New Jersey Frontier Guard re-enactment group and more.

“The 32nd annual Union County Harvest Festival promises to be a fascinating, fun-filled event for visitors of all ages,” said Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter. “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.”

The 32nd annual Harvest Festival will be held rain or shine. Admission is $4 per person, with children ages seven and younger admitted for free. Trailside Nature & Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Rd., at Coles Avenue, in Mountainside. Call 908-789-3670 for more information or visit www.ucnj.org.