MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County’s Open House and Folk Fest will be held Saturday, August 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the EARTH Center located in Davidson's Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Ave. in South Brunswick. The rain date is August 19.

According to the Middlesex County Office of Information, the event will include activities for the whole family, such as garden tours, presentations and showcases on gardening and landscaping, plus live music by members of The Einstein Alley Musicians Collaborative and the Folk Project. Visitors age 14 and under can participate in the Master Gardener Scavenger Hunt. in the gardens throughout the park from noon to 3 p.m.

“This Open House offers more than just outdoor fun for all ages,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “You’ll learn more about how to keep yourselves and our environment healthier, and have the chance to donate to a good cause! I hope many families will attend,” said Mr. Rios.

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Middlesex County’s EARTH Center is home to the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County and part of a nationwide network that brings the research of the State land-grant universities to residents. Offices throughout New Jersey are cooperatively funded by the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Rutgers University-New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Throughout the event, the Agriculture Office and the Rutgers Master Gardeners will offer advice on horticulture and environmental stewardship while guiding visitors through various teaching gardens. Examples of their work include the Children’s Garden with Green Roof playhouse, an enormous vegetable display garden, a Native Plant Garden and the popular Butterfly House. Lectures will be offered on topics such as Newest Rutgers Fruit and Vegetable Varieties and Container Gardening.

“I hope many families will attend this event at our County's EARTH Center,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County's Business Development and Education Committee. “It’s a great chance to enjoy the weather and spend time together as a family.”

The Middlesex County Office of Information stated that attendees are asked to bring a donation of a non-perishable food item for MCFOODS, the County's food bank. Contributions will help restock MCFOOD's shelves and assist in providing nutritious food to County residents in need.