Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fall In

By Brianne Harrison

Fall is officially here, and that always puts me, at least, in the mood to celebrate. Crisp weather, beautiful scenery, harvest festivals—what’s not to like? And this weekend, there are plenty of chances to get out and enjoy some good weather and autumnal offerings.

The Mendham Harvest Hustle 5K and Kids’ Fun Run
Get some exercise and explore historic Mendham Borough at this premiere event. Children’s events include a 1K run and dashes. Adults can do the full 5K, which winds through Mendham. For more information, go to mendhaboro.org

The Historic Towne of Smithville & Village Green Oktoberfest
Who doesn’t love a good Oktoberfest? Browse the selections of more than 100 juried crafters and sample foods from the international food court. There’ll also be live music and family fun, including a train, carousel, and paddleboats. Smithvillenj.com
The New Jersey Zombie Walk
You can’t often tell your coworkers on Monday that you spent Saturday on a zombie walk, now can you? This year’s event welcomes the undead of all ages and sizes (and leashed dog zombies are welcome too!) Do your makeup at home, at one of the makeup tables at the walk, or have it done professionally for a $10 donation. After you shamble along on the walk, stay for the Zombie Fest, featuring a Thriller performance by Asbury Dance & Yoga, a Zombie Beauty Pageant, and a Jello Brain Eating Contest. Visit njzombiewalk.com

Carnivale of the Dogs and Dog Walk and Pet Fair
TD Bank is sponsoring a Carnivale of the Dogs, which will feature a DJ, pet caricaturist, canine masseuse, giveaways, dog trainers, and a doggie beauty salon, along with animal rescue groups and the Second Annual Delaney Dog Show. Bring a can or bag of food for the food drive for underserved pet owners. Visit companionanimaladvocates.org for more information.

Shoreside, the Monmouth County SPCA will hold their 16th Annual Dog Walk and Pet Fair. Meet celebrity dogs and theatrical animla trainer Bill Berloni, enjoy music and entertainment, food, vendors, and contests. Proceeds benefit the Monmouth County SPCA.

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