MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ-The 34th Annual Harvest Festival celebrated all the flavors of New Jersey’ early American heritage at the Trailside Nature and Science Center on Sunday, Sept. 27.

The Red Storm Drum and Dance Troupe gave children of all ages a drum-side seat to Native American culture. No need to fear the musket fire that punctuated the lively music in the air, it wasn’t the Red Coats; but part of the Continental Army reenactment from the New Jersey Frontier Guard. They mustered a regiment of children who “loaded” wooden muskets and swore to defend the colonies.

No colonial experience would be complete without “Ben Franklin” and the Morris County Town Crier roaming the grounds for a first-person look at colonial life. Cider pressing, blacksmithing, Native American cooking and colonial toys and games were demonstrated through out the day.

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Visitors were encouraged to tap into their holiday spirit with early American crafts, pumpkin picking and painting, and building that oh-so-necessary scarecrow. Little animal aficionados found their sweet spot with the petting zoo and pony rides.

The 34th Annual Harvest Festival was the perfect sendoff for summer and welcome for all things autumn.