SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Free, fun, and family-friendly events are on coming to the Borough of South Plainfield next month. On Saturday, Oct. 14, the South Plainfield Public Library will hold its 2nd Annual Fall Festival while the South Plainfield Fire Department’s annual Firemen’s Memorial Ceremony and Open House along with the Mayor’s Wellness Committee’s Fall Health Fair will also take place.

“This year, Oct. 14 is looking to be another fun-filled day in South Plainfield,” said Mayor Matt Anesh.

The day will begin at 10 a.m. with the South Plainfield Public Library’s Fall Festival. Set up behind borough hall and the library, the event will run until 1 p.m. and feature crafts, games, contests, and prizes for children of all ages. Additionally, Mayor Anesh will host the library’s Scarecrow Storytime at 10:45 a.m.

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The Fall Festival will also include free doughnuts and cider, temporary tattoos, and a photo area with bales of hay and other fall-themed items as a backdrop. Complimentary light refreshments will be provided and there will also be food for purchase from local businesses such as Nicky’s Hot Dogs and Uncle Louie G’s. Additionally, the Fall Festival will feature pumpkin painting; attendees are encouraged to bring their own pumpkins to decorate and the library will provide the paint, ribbons, buttons and other supplies.

“The Fall Festival has quickly become one of my favorite programs,” said Library Director Linda Hansen, adding that last year’s event was well attended by residents of all ages. “I love to see the kids and parents working together to decorate their pumpkins and residents out, enjoying their day.”

October is Fire Prevention Month and, on Oct. 14 the South Plainfield Fire Department's 7th Annual Open House will also take place. The Open House will run from 12 to 3 p.m. at fire headquarters and include a smokehouse trailer, fire equipment demonstrations, fire apparatus display, and visit from Sparky. Additionally, at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 9, the department's annual Memorial Ceremony honoring those brothers and sisters who have served before us will be held by the Firefighters Memorial at Monument Park. 

Also planned for Oct. 14 is the Mayor’s Wellness Committee’s Annual Fall Heath Fair. Being held in conjunction with St. Peter’s Healthcare System, the health fair will take place at the South Plainfield Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. AristaCare at Cedar Oaks of South Plainfield will provide 100 free flu shots (adults and children) and there will also be health care discussions, free blood pressure screenings, nutrition information and more.For additional information, contact Committee Chairs Debbie Boyle at (908) 803-1573.

“There are so many things taking place on Saturday, Oct. 14, all of them in the same general area, providing provide families the opportunity to spend the day enjoying here in their own town,” added Anesh.

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