MIDDLETOWN THROWS ITSELF A FESTIVAL

Middletown DayBouncing back for 2015, the annual Middletown Day celebration brings colorful sights, sounds and savor to the grounds of the township’s Parks and Rec headquarters this Saturday.

Mtown day logo 2015The annual Middletown Day celebration returns to the headquarters of the township’s Department of Parks and Recreation (the Croydon Hall facility on Leonardville Road in Leonardo) for a rain-or-shine afternoon of all-ages activity that commences this Saturday at 11 a.m.

It’s an eclectic event that promises everything from bounce-houses to business showcases; live rock music to rock-climbing walls; touch-a-firetruck ops to petting zoo — plus food and craft vendors, Granny’s Tag Sale, kids’ activities, all-ages hayrides and all-for-fun sporting contests and tournaments.

There’s even room for an educational angle to the festivities that run through 6 p.m., as personnel from Poricy Park Conservancy conduct exhibits on the natural and early Colonial history of Monmouth County’s largest municipality.

Representatives of the Clean Communities initiative and the Municipal Alliance for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse will also be on site, while local favorite Art “the Doodle Dude” Kaney offers pointers on making your own cartoon creations.

Take it here for complete details — including a map of the festival grounds, parking info, directions and info on sponsorships and volunteer opportunities.