Union County’s 2011 30th Annual Harvest Festival was today! (That’s the scarecrow contest that you see above.) It’s in the Watchung Reservation, which is a place I like to go in the fall anyway.
There was a lot of stuff to do, all very family-oriented. Plenty of living history, many demonstrations, craft vendors, a petting zoo, a pumpkin-painting area, pony rides, storytelling, live bands, a farmer’s market stand, and more that I’m not thinking of right now.
This is not a festival you visit for the food, though— which is a little unfortunate, being a HARVEST celebration and all. The entire eating area consisted of (1) a sausage truck that apparently also specialized in funnel cakes, (2) an Oriental BBQ tent, and (3) a generic festival-food vendor. Italian ice and popcorn were also available around the grounds.
(I’ll continue with a couple more photos tomorrow.)