UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Residents are invited to participate in the Fall Fishing Derby for People with Special Needs on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside. This event is free of charge and runs from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

“This is a wonderful way to celebrate the last days of warmer weather in our parks,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “We invite residents young and old to come and enjoy the outdoors at this fun event.”

The Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club are co-sponsoring the fishing derby and will be providing a hot dog lunch as well as organizing contests. Prizes will be awarded to participants.

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The fishing derby is open to all ages. Chairs and fishing poles will be provided but participants are welcome to bring their own. The rain date for this event is Sunday, Sept. 23 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is required for this free event.

To register or to learn about other events planned by the Office for People with Special Needs, visit www.ucnj.org/opsn-reg or call 908-527-4781.

The Office for People with Special needs partners with community centers, schools, colleges, YMCAs, businesses, support organizations and volunteer groups to present recreation programs at county facilities as well as locations in various municipalities. Programs are for ages five through adult.

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