BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Bloomfield Harvest Festival is a two-day family friendly, fun-filled annual event. Broad Street was abuzz from Belleville Avenue all the way past the Bloomfield Avenue crossing with main attractions such as live music in two locations, local business demonstrations, yoga, food vendors, and the carnival rides.

Susan Unkert, from Greyhound Friends of New Jersey, an adoption agency in New Jersey placing greyhounds who have retired from racing, said that this was their second time at the Bloomfield Harvest Fest. Unkert said, “In 2014 we made $350 in donations and got several leads for new adoptions.”

Three beautiful greyhounds stood gracefully as people asked questions about the adoption procedure or if they could pet the docile animals.

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Meanwhile down the street, speakers boomed as people gathered around Kolby’s Place, a Bloomfield Barbershop and Salon. Terick the barber explained that free haircuts were being offered. A young man named Aisdye hopped off the hot seat and gave the thumbs up. He smiled handsomely and said his haircut was “really good”.

Paradise Island, a Puerto Rican restaurant from Trumbull Connecticut came out to do the event for the first time. Lourdes, served heaping bowls of rice and beans while explaining that she was happy to be here on such a beautiful day. She said, “A lot of people are interested in the Spanish food. We will definitely be coming back next year.”

Powerflow Yoga also offered free classes with two representatives performing a demonstration. This was their first time at the fair. Marie said, “We are coming out here today, meeting people in our community and giving free pass cards and raffling off a free month.”

Natalie Alise was singing a wonderful mix of soul and reggae in a band called Oxygen Box, whose organizer walked among the crowd thanking the audience for being supportive of music and community. A wide range of ages were represented listening to the band, and throughout the festival.

Ian Collins, local high school student said, “This has been a tradition for me since I was 10. It’s lots of fun. It’s a Bloomfield thing. When asked if he thought mostly Bloomfield residents attended he said, “I wouldn’t say that at all, but it definitely is representative of the Bloomfield spirit.”

For more information, contact Bloomfield Center Alliance 973-429-8050 or visit www.BloomfieldHarvest.org