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Essex County Hosts OctoberFest Celebration

Millburn and Short Hills families are invited to the Essex County Environmental Center for hiking, refreshments, canoe trips and a petting zoo.

Looking for something fun to do this weekend while enjoying the outdoors?

The Essex County Environmental Center will be holding an OctoberFest celebration on Saturday—a free daylong event—that will include a multitude of activities.

The festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the environmental center, located at 621B Eagle Rock Ave., in Roseland.

Admission is free and OctoberFest will be held rain or shine.

Visitors can go on canoe trips on the Passaic River or nature walks in Essex County’s West Essex Park. There will be a petting zoo, gardening tips, a live beehive display, woodturning demonstrations, pumpkin carving demonstrations, nature arts and crafts, face painting, free refreshments, a pumpkin patch maze and display tables from a variety of eco-vendors.

“OctoberFest is a great opportunity to visit our state-of-the-art Environmental Center and meet our environmental partners,” said Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo. "Take a walk in our pumpkin patch, enjoy the garden harvest and paddle down the Passaic River at a leisurely pace."

Participating in OctoberFest with the Environmental Center are the County’s partner agencies: New Jersey Audubon, Essex County Master Gardeners, Essex County Beekeepers, 4-H Club, Essex County Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Essex County Nature Photographers, New Jersey Woodturners Association and the Essex County Environmental Commission.

Octoberfest is sponsored by TD Bank, Whole Foods Market of West Orange, REI of East Hanover and Starbucks of Roseland. For more information, please call 973-228-8776.

The Essex County Environmental Center opened in 2005 and is situated in Essex County West Essex Park.

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