County Announces Plans For Expanded MusicFest

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UNION COUNTY—The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, in conjunction with main sponsor Overlook Hospital, will present MusicFest ’08 on two days—Friday, Sept. 5 from 4-10 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 6 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. at Nomahegan Park in Cranford.

Last year, MusicFest drew more than 50,000 attendees and more are expected this year, making the event one of the state’s fastest growing. This year’s two-day event will once again feature expanded opportunities for musical entertainment as an additional stage has been added, family fun with Kids Kingdom in a new larger location, more food and new vendors, plus a walkathon and newly added 5k race for charity. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets may be brought to the event.

MusicFest ’08, a free admission festival now entering its 11th year, kicks off that Friday with concerts from 4-10 p.m. at Nomahegan Park in Cranford. The next morning, the Rock on! Walkathon and 5k Rock N’ Run (on a certified USATF course) will precede the festival at 8 a.m. to benefit the Love Hope Strength Foundation (www.lovehopestrength.org) and The Valerie Fund (www.thevaleriefund.org).

Following the conclusion of the charity fundraising walkathon and 5k run, the festival begins at 10 a.m. The day includes Kids Kingdom Traveling Jubilee, an entertainment show featuring rides and amusements for children, which will be staged in an expanded area at Shane Walsh Field, which is adjoining Nomahegan Park. Kids Kingdom makes several stops in Union County Parks through the year, concluding with MusicFest.

The Shane Walsh Field area will also include a stage for family acts, a petting zoo for children, arts and crafts, and a laser tag field for children.

At Nomahegan Park, there will be a series of rock concerts on three stages, with a headlining act scheduled in the evening on Saturday. There will be a marketplace for vendors – including Major League Baseball, an expanded music-related gift shop, and various exhibits.

Freeholder Chairman Angel G. Estrada said the county is pleased to build on last year’s successful festival and present an expanded and improved MusicFest.

“We have built MusicFest into a regional attraction for family fun and music,” said Estrada.

Musical acts will be announced soon, and posted at www.ucmusicfest.com.


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