SPARTA, NJ - The Mohawk Avenue School was bustling on Saturday inside and out.  It was the first event of the township’s 175 Anniversary celebration.

The free 2020 Winter Festival began on Friday night and continues through Sunday.

Out on the front field children and adults tried out the maze and lined up to take a ride down the slide.  The parking lot was transformed into an ice rink.  Kids were skating with their parents and friends.  Mayor Jerry Murphy even took a turn.

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In the auditorium there were performances and demonstration on the stage including HALO yoga teacher Heather Bivona.

Boy Scouts from Troop 150 and Cub Scouts from Pack 150 had their Pinewood Derby track set up for kids to try out their Lego car creations. 

Downstairs was packed too.  In the cafeteria tables were laid out with crafts.  The Sparta Police Department, Ambulance Squad and CERT team were all there too. There was a constant line for face painting.

On the way to the gym people stopped for popcorn and water. 

The bounce house and GaGa Pit were very popular as was chess, both the oversize and table top.  Chess coach Tom Murray was on hand to assist the kids with the games.

The outdoor events will continue on Sunday from noon until 5 p.m.