LIVINGSTON, NJ – Hundreds of people attended Livingston’s Bicentennial Picnic on Sunday, Sept. 22, which boasted the annual Art at the Oval event, as well as numerous food trucks, and free rides, games, prizes and more. The picnic was sponsored by Nero’s Grille, as well as by generous donations from Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Regal Bank, Crystal Plaza, Investor’s Savings Bank, Air Group, Eastman Companies, Kiwanis Club of Livingston, Nero’s Grille and Valley National Bank.

“It was such a beautiful day to hold a fantastic and successful event,” said Joyce Mazzarella, who co-chaired the event.

“I couldn’t be happier with the turnout and level of participation,” added Andrea Ubaldi, who also co-chaired the event.

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Families with young children enjoyed pony rides and a petting zoo that was full of goats, cows, baby chicks, swans and more. They also waited in droves for hayrides, an old-fashioned carousel, to play carnival games with prizes, and for the clowns who were creating balloon animals and painting faces.

A strolling banjo group and music in the gazebo by Dave Rimelis and Larry Roe entertained many adult guests. Families also enjoyed an antique fire truck and interacting with Uncle Sam on stilts. Many residents also dressed up in clothes from 1813 to portray Livingston’s forefathers, while demonstrating chores from the time period and providing guests with open house tours of the Force Home.

Lawn games included a demonstration of proper Bocce form by The Old Guard and UNICO members, as well as tug of war and potato sack races for children.

Hungry guests downed hot dogs with all the fixings, old-fashioned sodas, kettle corn, ices, and more.

The Lions Club of Livingston also sponsored a blood drive via the New Jersey Blood Center.