MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The air will soon turn cool, and it will be time for 35th Annual Harvest Festival Sunday, September 25, at Trailside Nature and Science Center, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., rain or shine. 

Presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks & Recreation, the Harvest Festival is a celebration of Early American life featuring music and entertainment, storytelling, Native American cooking display, a petting zoo, pony rides, Colonial and Native American crafts, children’s games and crafts, food, a pumpkin patch and the ever popular scarecrow building. The event is sponsored by Whole Foods Market and ShopRite, both of Clark.

Admission to the Harvest Festival is $4 per person, with children ages 6 and younger admitted free of charge. There may be a fee charged for some of the activities.

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 “This event gives those in attendance an opportunity to see early American culture and history come to life while walking through the festival grounds in the picturesque Watchung Reservation,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “Visitors of all ages will enjoy this fascinating, fun-filled event.”

Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside.

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