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Hunterdon's Community Day is Tomorrow

Credits: courtesy photo
Credits: courtesy photo

EAST AMWELL, NJ – The Third Annual Hunterdon County Community Day will be held tomorrow at the South County Park here on Route 173, just outside of Ringoes.

The event will be held from noon to 6 p.m., rain or shine. There is a suggested donation of $5 to benefit Flemington-Raritan First Aid & Rescue Squad, which is coordinating the parking.

Back by popular demand will be Michael Shwedick’s Reptile World, with live shows at 1, 3 and 5 p.m.  

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New this year is the British Invasion Tribute Band which will perform live on the main stage from 2:30 to 5:30. The performance is three shows in one. The first part will feature classic songs by iconic ‘60s British groups. The American musical response follows, and the show concludes with a ‘60s-era era retrospective.

Also new this year will be a county Shredding Day sponsored by Hunterdon County Clerk Mary Melfi. The hours for shredding will be from 1 to 5. Guests who have items to shred will be directed to the designated drop off area and then directed to parking. There is a limit of five small boxes of paper per vehicle.

“From local businesses to non-profit organizations to our 26 municipalities, we are ready to celebrate everything Hunterdon on June 4. This year’s theme will be celebrating Hunterdon’s great past, and there will be quite a few activities and games that are reminiscent of the bygone days,” said Hunter Chamber of Commerce President Chris Phelan in a press release.

Hunterdon Prevention Resources along with the Hunterdon County Sheriff will be offering a Prescription Take Back from noon to 6 and offering free child ID cards. Clinton Township Police Department will have the DUI simulator and the Readington police Canine Unit will be having a demonstration.

Hunterdon Healthcare will have a repair-a-bear station as well as face painting at its tent. The group will also be setting up a fun obstacle course in partnership with the Hunterdon Healthy Work Force Initiative.

Live Right with ShopRite will share health and wellness tips along with fun activities. Those who enjoy baking can enter the Pie & Cookie Contest, sponsored by Hunterdon Prevention Resources. Entry forms are available online at or at the Chamber office in downtown Flemington.

Hunterdon Helpline’s “Dog Days of Summer” will include canine training demonstrations and clinics for dog and dog owners, as well as a Canine Good Citizen testing, levels 1 and 2. Kindred  Companions will be demonstrating “Nosework” and “Canine Fitness Tricks” in addition to offering free “Loose Leash Clinic and CGC testing  throughout the event. Canine Country will be demonstrating the training techniques of “Shutzhund,” meaning “protection dog” in German, used to establish “happy and useful companions.”

This event will also include a petting zoo, pony rides, children's games, kid’s rock wall, bouncy rides, dunk tank, fire and rescue squad vehicles, demonstrations from local businesses and organizations, and tethered rides on the Unity Bank Balloon. There will be plenty of food for purchase by Maddalena's Cheesecake & Catering, Rita’s, The Ice Cream Parlor and Kettle Korn.

The event’s presenting sponsors are Hunterdon Healthcare and the County of Hunterdon.

ShopRite of Hunterdon is a community partner, Unity Bank is the entertainment sponsor and Hunterdon Prevention Resources and the Safe Community Coalition of Hunterdon/Somerset are contributing partners.

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