MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ -  The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County will host its Garden and Music Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine) on Saturday, August 24 at the EARTH Center, located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Ave. in South Brunswick.

The day will be filled with family-oriented activities, including garden tours, presentations and showcases on gardening and landscaping and live music. Throughout the event, the Extension’s Agriculture Office and Rutgers Master Gardeners will offer advice on horticulture and environmental stewardship while guiding visitors through various teaching gardens and learning projects, including the children’s garden with green roof playhouse, an enormous vegetable display garden and the popular butterfly house.

“Come enjoy the beautiful gardens and educational presentations, while taking in the sounds of local musicians in beautiful Davidson’s Mill Pond Park,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee.

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Another highlight of the event will be the annual “Greatest of the Garden” competition. Gardeners are welcome to bring their biggest or most outstanding home grown produce for a chance to win. Categories include but are not limited to:

·                Biggest tomato

·                Biggest cucumber

·                Biggest squash

·                Biggest watermelon

·                Longest gourd

·                All vegetables: Best Likeness to a Celebrity or Historical Figure

“This day is an entertaining event for the entire family,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “Through the educational displays, the beautiful scenery and the spirit of collaboration, this event illustrates that caring for the environment is a fun and enjoyable experience.”

Many exhibitors who collaborate with Middlesex County Extension throughout the year will be on hand to share their programs and accomplishments. There will also be a food truck and ice cream vendor on site.

For more information, please call 732-398-5268 or e-mail david.smela@co.middlesex.nj.us

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.