Rescheduled Bound Brook Riverfest Set For Nov. 5

BOUND BROOK – The Borough of Bound Brook has rescheduled the 2011 Riverfest celebration to Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, along Main Street in downtown Bound Brook. Produced by JC Promotions, this 8th annual community festival with free admission will offer festivities for the entire family.

Many vendors will be on hand featuring a showcase of local businesses, the finest regional artists and crafters, and a smorgasbord of delicious American and International food. Children of all ages will discover the Kid Traveling Shindig filled with rides, climbing wall, pony rides and petting zoo. Other activities will include face painting, clowns, temporary tattoos, sand art and games. The event is sponsored by Verizon FIOS, Walgreen’s, QuickChek, School of Rock, Allstate Middlesex, Pranzatelli’s Audio, Pfizer, T & M Associates, Rockford Fosgate and Bazooka. Media sponsors include Jersey 101.5 and Star Ledger.

Additional highlights include:

• Free Walking Tours of the old D&R Canal Lock – Local historian, Doug McCray will lead tours over the Queens Bridge and explain how the canal locks worked in the 1800s, along this busy man-made waterway, enabling millions of tons of coal and other goods to be transported from the Delaware River, past Bound Brook, to the Raritan Bay. Tours will leave Main Street from the EDAC table near the main stage (Economic Development) on the hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Flood Control Project Q & A – get your questions answered by the experts (T & M Engineering Associates table next to EDAC)

• Graham Cracker Eating Contest, sponsored by ShopRite – The Graham Cracker was invented in Bound Brook in 1829 by Presbyterian minister Rev. Sylvester Graham. Adults and children are encouraged to join the contest and win great prizes! 1 p.m. – Main stage

• Beer Garden sponsored by Bound Brook Arts Center – Enjoy beer and wine stage-side and support the local Performing Arts Theater (over 21 only).

• Fire trucks, Smokehouse (a mobile classroom that provides hands-on safety education), Police cars and Emergency vehicles on display

• Somerset Patriots’ Sparkee visits from 1 to 2 p.m.

• Lots of prizes and giveaways including tickets to NJ Devils, Somerset Patriots, concerts, gift certificates and more. Enter to win at the Bound Brook Chamber of Commerce table.

• Live entertainment on the main stage featuring New Jersey’s Own, MC Baldi of Tru Statement plus TUESDAY @ EIGHT – Classic Rock & Oldies at their best; IMAGENES & TRADICIONES – Folkloric Dancing from Peru; ELAS – Girl Power Rocks; CAMPONESES DO MINHO – Folkloric Dancing from Portugal; NOT THE MAN – School of Rock, Somerville – Lunch with the Beatles; EL GALLO DE MICHOACAN – Classic Mariachi; LIGHTS ON BROADWAY – Favorite Hits by Kelsea’s Performing Arts Center; STONE FLOWER – from Santana to Stevie Ray Vaughan, something for everyone.

Free parking will be available in the NJ Transit commuter lot accessible from Church Street. Main Street will otherwise be closed to traffic from John Street to the Roundabout. The festival area is easily accessible by NJ Transit, with a Bound Brook stop on the Raritan Valley line. For more information on the event, visit

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