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Mar 30, 2022

Holmdel’s 22nd Annual Earth Day Festival Returns

Holmdel’s Bayonet Farm Earth Day Festival returns Sunday, May 1. From noon to 5 pm, there will be nature presentations, tours around the farm, activities for kids and adults, and food for sale. Admission, shows, tours and parking are all free. 

Kids of all ages will enjoy Monmouth County Park Nature Van presentations. “What’s the Buzz with Bees?” will get kids up-close to a live beehive! A Lakota dancer and drum circle presentation will get everyone involved. Mammal Mania will be bringing their beautiful live rescues for all to learn about. Young environmentalists will also enjoy nature crafts. A child-friendly guided walking tour will make it evident why the owner had this enchanting farm preserved. 

  Guided Tours of the gracious historic Harding House will give a glimpse into the world of the late heiress who lived here and hosted movie stars of the day. Tours are free but limited; House tours will require face masks. Tour tickets as well as programs, raffles and other free items will be available at the Welcome Center. Be sure to visit it upon entering the festival grounds.

  Find answers to your global and gardening questions! Exhibits will be presented by renowned environmental organizations including NY/NJ Baykeepers, Climate Change Lobby, and Monmouth County Master Composters and Save Coastal Wildlife. Local grassroots activists and perennial Festival co-sponsors, Citizens for Informed Land Use (CILU) will have information pertinent to Holmdel environmental issues. Also expected are Holmdel Historic Society (showcasing an original Holmdel prohibition whiskey still) Holmdel Boy and Girl Scout Troops, as well as Festival co-sponsor Holmdel Environmental Commission.

As always, delicious hot dogs, homemade sandwiches and fresh baked goodies will be for sale at the Red Barn Deli and Olde Fashioned Bake Shoppe. Bayonet Farm Earth Day Tee Shirts will also be for sale.

  Hikers who wish to start their day with an easy-to-moderate Greenway Walk to the Festival led by former Mayor Larry Fink are welcomed. Participants are asked to meet at 10 am at the Ramanessin Section trailhead parking area on Roberts Road, opposite the Holmdel Park Arboretum. This is a one-way hike that arrives in time for the festival, so please plan on walking back or arranging car transportation from Bayonet Farm.

All presentations for children and exhibits will take place outdoors at beautiful Bayonet Farm, 41 Middletown Rd. in Holmdel.

The festival will cancel for inclement weather. For further information, call Karen at 908-601-7603. For cancellation information, visit the CILU Facebook page.