FANWOOD, NJ -- Rockin' for Autism 2017 proved to be bigger and better that its premier event at La Grande Park last year.

The festival included great music, food, an obstacle course, raffles, and Scotch Plains-Fanwood Opening Day ceremonies at which first pitches were thrown by Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith, Fanwood Councilman Russ Huegel, and Mallory Banks, Rockin' for Autism's founder.

Union County Freeholders recognized 15-year-old Mallory Banks with a proclamation. Banks, who started the event in honor of her brother, has been one of New Jersey's top autism fundraisers since 2011. Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr made the rounds to thank participants for helping to make the event a success. 

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"My dad always told me, ‘Nothing is impossible. It could be as big as you want it as long as you put the hard work into it',” Banks said at the event.

The second annual event featured longer hours, more acts, a beer garden hosted by Sheelen's Crossing, and food from The Empanada Guy and local favorites Nick's Pizza, Rocko's Ice Cream, Red White and Cue, and the soon to open Fanwood Grille.

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