The Harding Land Trust sponsored the second annual Harding Fall Festival, at the Showgrounds along Sand Spring Lane, on Sunday, October 19th.

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The festival was open to all and over 400 people of all ages attended the event on a beautiful, crisp autumn day. The blue grass band, West Circle Drive, provided festive background music for the variety of activities taking place.

Organized entertainment for children included games, relay races, pony rides, and face painting. “Caller Dan” from Bedminster provided square dancing with a modern beat. Many families danced together and learned new steps as they had a ball together.

Food was provided by the New Vernon Deli. Gil Fitzhugh, Harding resident, provided rides around the field in his 1913 Ford Model T runabout. Mr. Fitzhugh cranked the car to start it which delighted throngs of children.

Ashleigh Scully, a 12 year old nature photographer, was signing and selling her book, “Wildlife of Harding: The Red Fox, Volume I”. Proceeds from sales of her book are being donated to Harding Land Trust. Ashleigh has won many awards for her photographs, including first place in the 2014 Great Swamp Photography Contest, Youth Division, and finalist in the 2014 Youth Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition at the London Natural History Museum. Ashleigh, a student at Morristown-Beard School, has also been published in the June/July 2014 issue of “National Geographic Kids” magazine.

Tim Jones, President of the Harding Land Trust, said, “We always enjoy the opportunity to meet our neighbors and celebrate our beautiful town. The weather was great and we received a lot of feedback that our guests appreciated the wonderful day of outdoor family fun. There was a tremendous amount of lively activity at the event all afternoon! We are pleased with the turnout.” Jones says that the trust hopes to run the event again next year.