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Apr 07, 2017

19th Annual Holmdel Earth Day Festival on April 30

The 19th Annual Earth Day Festival will be held from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 30 at beautiful Bayonet Farm, located at 41 Middletown Road, Holmdel. Admission, shows, tours and parking are all free!

The Grey Barn will feature fun, professional programs for kids. Mammal Mania returns along with a special guest, a pot-bellied pig, and Fantastic Doodle Dude will get everyone cartooning and laughing. What’s the Buzz with Bees will teach the value of these little dynamos. Children are invited to make free nature crafts with help from local Girl Scouts and Holmdel High School ECO Club members. Hundreds of Holmdel Village and Indian Hill Schools’ young artists’ posters will decorate both stately barns in an Earth Day contest. And the Farm Friends Petting Zoo will let the littlest ones meet gentle new friends. (Note: nominal per person charge for the petting zoo.)

In the Red Barn, enjoy great live folk/rock music by professional musicians throughout the day.    “Climate Change” is the 19th annual festival’s theme and Climate Change Lobby and MC3 (a religious group consortium) will have related displays.  Other “green” organizations expected include NY/NJ Baykeeper, Monmouth County Master Gardeners/Composters, Holmdel Green Team, and perennial sponsors Citizens for Informed Use (CILU) and the Holmdel Environmental Commission. Two groups new to the festival will be open space champions Monmouth Conservation Foundation and RAGE activists, Monmouth County residents opposed to high-tower electric installations that are proposed from Matawan to Red Bank.

Guided tours of the charming, historic Laura Harding House and of bucolic Bayonet Farm are free, but limited. Sign up at the festival Welcome Center.

To encourage locally sourced products, there will be several Made in Monmouth vendors displaying delightful items for purchase. Also for sale will be delicious lunches, drinks, and fresh baked goodies at the “Red Bark Deli,” so plan to stay the whole afternoon. Deli proceeds fund future festivals.

For those interested in an easy-to-moderate greenway hike prior to the festival, please join hike leader, former Holmdel mayor Larry Fink, at 10:00 a.m. in the small parking lot on Roberts Road, opposite the Holmdel Park Arboretum.

Contact Karen at (908) 601-7603 for further information and mark your calendar for a great day with friends, family, and neighbors at this favorite annual tradition to celebrate Earth Day in Holmdel!