Community Life

Clark Lights Up the 2017 Holiday Season at Annual Festival

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Holiday characters stopped to greet children and take pictures. Credits: Kristen Busch
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Strolling carolers entertained throughout the event. Credits: Kristen Busch
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Attendees enjoyed carriage rides and hay rides. Credits: Kristen Busch
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Attendees enjoyed carriage rides and hay rides. Credits: Kristen Busch
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Holiday characters stopped to greet children and take pictures. Credits: Kristen Busch
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A band sung holiday favorites outside the municipal building. Credits: Kristen Busch
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The ALJ Choir sang to a packed gym. Credits: Kristen Busch
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Children and parents alike had the chance to feed and pet small animals at the petting zoo. Credits: Kristen Busch
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An ice sculptor amazed the crowd with his artwork. Credits: Kristen Busch
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Children smiled ear to ear as they sat down with the famous man in red. Credits: Kristen Busch
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An ice sculptor amazed the crowd with his artwork. Credits: Kristen Busch
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Entertainers went to great heights to give the crowd a great time! Credits: Kristen Busch
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Jelly apples, soft pretzels, cider donuts and more awaited guests in the cafeteria. Credits: Kristen Busch
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Fun winter inflatables decorated the gym. Credits: Kristen Busch
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After a snack, children sung along to holiday favorites in the cafeteria. Credits: Kristen Busch
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The Hehnly Choir sang to a packed gym. Credits: Kristen Busch
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Santa was inside waiting to hear everyone's wish lists! Credits: Kristen Busch
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The Valley Road Choir sang to a packed gym. Credits: Kristen Busch
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The crowd looks on while the choirs sing. Credits: Kristen Busch
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Face painting fun Credits: Kristen Busch
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The Kumpf Choir sang to a packed gym. Credits: Kristen Busch
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A band strolled around entertaining the crowds. Credits: Kristen Busch
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The municipal building is decorated top to bottom! Credits: Kristen Busch
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The Kumpf and ALJ Choirs joined together in holiday spirit. Credits: Kristen Busch
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Children and parents alike had the chance to feed and pet small animals at the petting zoo. Credits: Kristen Busch
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Groups in the community decorated trees that lined the halls of the municipal building. Credits: Kristen Busch
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Even the horses were ready for the lighting! Credits: Kristen Busch
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Children enjoyed the Candy Land Obstacle Course. Credits: Kristen Busch
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Entertainers were UP for the challenge of making the crowd smile. Credits: Kristen Busch
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Holiday characters stopped to greet children and take pictures. Credits: Kristen Busch
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Ralph Bernardo enjoys the ice sculptor's work. Credits: Kristen Busch
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Ready for the lighting! Credits: Kristen Busch
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Ready for the reveal! Credits: Kristen Busch
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The countdown begins! Credits: Kristen Busch
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The tree is lit! Credits: Kristen Busch
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The menorah is ready! Credits: Kristen Busch
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The Kumpf Choir sang to a packed gym. Credits: Kristen Busch
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CLARK, NJ – Clark’s Municipal Building was transformed into a winter wonderland on Sunday to celebrate the township’s 14th annual Winter Holiday Festival.  Members of the community gathered to kick off the holiday season the Clark way – with lots of fun for all ages. 

“I’m at a loss for words,” Clark Recreation Director Ralph Bernardo said. “I love my job and I love doing this for the kids.”

Festival-goers were treated to pony rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, an ice sculptor,  and even a ride on a miniature train. Inside, children could get their face panted and visit with Santa after warming up with hot cocoa and other yummy treats in the cafeteria. The back gym of the recreation center was packed as school choirs lifted their voices in the songs of the season.  

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The free event was privately funded and made possible by contributions of township service organizations and businesses such as Investors Bank, according to Bernardo.

At the end of the night, one last event sent the crowds home with the warm and fuzzies.  Everyone counted down with Mayor Sal Bonaccorso as the township’s Christmas tree and menorah were lit up thanks to help from Santa and an honorary Clark elf.

“I love the town camaraderie,” Bernardo said smiling at the crowd.

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