UNION, NJ – Hundreds participated in Union’s Autumn Festival on Saturday in Union Center.

Hosted by Union’s Special Improvement District (SID), the festival featured a brewery and cigar station, music, vendors and food.  For the kids, arts and crafts, face painting, balloon art and pumpkin decorating was available.

An ice cream eating contest, sponsored by the Magic Fountain Ice Cream Shop, saw ten contestants try to eat a bowl of ice cream the fastest – without the use of a spoon. 

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New York City Papaya, Brooklyn Pizza, Blue Ribbon Bakery and Joe’s Place participated in a Burger Contest, vying for title of best burger.  New York City Papaya was judged the winner.

"We are happy everyone came out and enjoyed the Autumn Festival," said Fatimah Raymond, Union Center SID Director.  "The Center is a great place for everyone to gather and have a family friendly fun-filled day.