MusicFest Circa 2011

For a number of years this was the official site for the annual MusicFest which brought together the Union County community for a free event consisting of non-stop musical entertainment and fun for the entire family.
Content is from the site's 2011 archived pages providing a glimpse of what the Music Fest in 2011 offered its visitors.

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to present the 2011 Union County Fair this fall, featuring the 14th annual MusicFest which will once again include three stages which will host an exciting line-up of popular national and local musical acts.


Friday, Sept 16th
LIVE's Ed Kowalczyk
Collective Soul

Saturday, Sept 17th
Mike Peters w/The School of Rock Allstars
Cy Curnin
Nicole Atkins and The Black Sea
Toad the Wet Sprocket
Neon Trees
Paul Rodgers

Sunday, Sept 18th
School of Rock Tribute to Springsteen
The Smithereens
Southside Johnny





Blondie has announced a North American Fall tour behind their 9th studio album, Panic of Girls, set for release on September 13th, 2011, via the band’s own imprint. With an impressive new collection of songs and a sound more recognizable than ever, Debbie Harry, Clem Burke and Chris Stein, along with newer band members Leigh Foxx, Tommy Kessler and Matt Katz-Bohen, will kick off the tour on September 4th. The band will bring the incredible new tracks and Blondie hits to crowds from coast to coast before wrapping on October 8th. Tickets go on sale beginning July 8th.


First single “Mother,” a nod to the legendary West 14th Street night club of the same name, has been instantly embraced by fans and the video for the song recently set the web abuzz. See it here. Panic of Girls, colored with inspirations from New York City’s roiling melting pot and street-level pop culture, hearkens back to the core of Blondie’s genius while remaining positively fresh. Collaborating with producers Jeff Saltzman (the Killers, Fischerspooner) and Kato Khandwala (Paramore, Papa Roach) for the first time, Blondie has created one of their most astounding albums in their storied 37-year career. New wave dance gems, songs sung in French and Spanish and even a reggae cover are threaded together with a timeless pop sheen giving an irresistible glisten to the album -  simply perfection.



Allowed and Prohibited Items

You are more than welcome to bring the following items to MusicFest 2011:


  • Blankets
  • Umbrellas (small hand-held style)
  • Soft-sided coolers &/or picnic baskets
  • Baby Strollers
  • Portable/collapsible chairs (individual units only; no “double-wide” connecting chairs)
  • Regular size/unframed backpacks
  • Binoculars
  • Personal camera equipment (i.e. small digital cameras or point-and-click 35mm cameras). Cameras with any type of detachable lenses are prohibited.


The following items are PROHIBITED
(we apologize, but the MusicFest organizers will not allow and will confiscate the following for safety reasons):


  • Weapons of any kind
  • Illegal substances (including narcotics) or drug paraphernalia
  • Framed or large backpacks
  • Alcohol (alcohol will be sold in the UC Love Hope Strength Tent ONLY)
  • Bicycles inside Festival grounds (bike racks are available near the main lot entrance on Oak Ridge Road)
  • Large chains or spiked jewelry
  • Fireworks or Explosives
  • Large umbrellas
  • Non-collapsible chairs
  • Hard-sided coolers
  • Tents – pop up or canopy
  • Pets (except service dogs)
  • Video equipment: No video recording will be allowed.
  • Professional still camera equipment (no detachable lenses, no tripods, big zooms, or commercial use rigs)
  • Audio recording equipment
  • Absolutely NO illegal vending is permitted. No unauthorized/unlicensed vendors allowed.
  • Unauthorized solicitations, handbills, sampling, give-aways, etc



2nd Annual Union County Harvest Contest
Sept 14—18, 2011

The Union County Fair
At Oak Ridge Park Oak Ridge Road – Clark
Harvest Contest Brochure 2011
Contests Include:

·         Funny vegetables
·         Vegetable characters
·         Heaviest Tomato
·         Heaviest Zucchini
·         Best pumpkin
·         And introducing our new Healthy Harvest Quick Bread Contest

Deliver your entry on Saturday morning September 17 from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Tent.
Your entry will be registered with a member of the RCE staff.
Judging will be Saturday afternoon.

Ribbons to be placed on all entries after judging.
A formal award presentation will be held Sunday at 2 PM for the top prize winners!

For more information on any of our contests please download the brochure here.
Contact Rutgers Cooperative Extension with additional questions
Union County (908) 654-9854.
Contest sponsored by:  Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders




Rock On! Walkathon and 5K Run


On Saturday, September 17, 2011, hundreds of individuals will share in the heart of Union County’s MusicFest by participating in the Rock On! Walkathon and 5K Rock ‘n Run, taking place in Oak Ridge Park, Clark, New Jersey. Created in 2007, this event is dedicated to the fight against cancer and has already raised tens of thousands of dollars for the cause. This event has gained a generous high tech sponsor - RTS Labs, a data science consultant providing big data services including DevOps support. This year’s event continues the commitment to make a difference globally and locally, and will again benefit the Love Hope Strength Foundation and The Valerie Fund.


The Love Hope Strength Foundation and The Valerie Fund were both created to fulfill a need that exists at every level of society, in every country on our planet, and in our own backyards.


The Love Hope Strength Foundation was co-founded by two-time cancer survivor Mike Peters of the Welsh rock band, The Alarm, and leukemia survivor and President of CSI Entertainment, James Chippendale. The goal is to provide all cancer patients with the same healing opportunities that they had, including access to information, quality cancer treatment and the best medication available. (


The Valerie Fund is a not-for-profit organization established in 1976 in memory of nine year old Valerie Goldstein by her parents, Ed and Sue. The Valerie Fund’s mission is to provide support for the comprehensive health care of children with cancer and blood disorders. There are seven Valerie Fund Children’s Centers for Cancer and Blood Disorders located in major hospitals in the tri-state area; the funds raised at this event will directly benefit the Center at Overlook Hospital. (


Share in the heart of MusicFest by participating in the Rock On! Walkathon and 5K Rock ‘n Run on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 9:00 am.







  Bulletin from Stageline Mobile Stage, manufacturer of outdoor staging equipment, and This Is It! Stageworks

Following the tragic accidents in Indiana and Belgium and other recent incidents that involved constructed roof stages, the outdoor event industry and the public at large are asking and entitled to know if outdoor stage installations are safe.

The answer is a definite yes for Stageline mobile staging technology. Stageline heavy duty equipment are specifically designed, engineered and purposely built to be safely transported, safely erected and safely used outdoors.

Many times over, they have proven to remain safe while protecting gear and people throughout the most extreme weather conditions.  Stageline mobile stages are now used in over 10,000 events every year in more than 35 countries.  In 25 years, no Stageline stage has fallen or collapsed.
Safety is paramount in all Stageline products and in all installation procedures.

In order to ensure that Stageline equipment is safely deployed and used for each event, here are points our clients should be aware of:

•    Heavy-duty Stageline mobile stages are self standing equipment designed and built to withstand extreme winds and support rigging loads according to the instructions in the operator’s manual.
•    There are specific procedures that Stageline suggests in case of heavy wind.
•    This Is It! StageWorks maintains all equipment with ongoing visual inspections as well as scheduled service and maintiance.
•    All This Is It! StageWorks stages are installed by operators certified to build Stageline mobile stages.
•    Operator’s manuals are read on a regular basis by the certified operators.
•    All equipment is always installed according to step by step procedures as outlined in the operator’s manual
•    Only specified Stageline staging parts and components are used
•    In case of heavy wind, This Is It! StageWorks technicians are instructed follow the heavy wind procedures as outlined by Stageline

As Stageline owners and users, we understand the importance of providing a very safe staging environment to our fellow workers, musicians, organisers and audiences.   We remind ourselves of our commitment to always raise the awareness for higher standards and responsible practices. We owe this to the outdoor event industry which through our actions, connects us all.



Access Program

Meeting the needs of our fans with disabilities at MusicFest is a never ending commitment. If you know of ways that we can improve our service, we ask that you contact us with your suggestions, questions and comments.

Accessible Parking On-Site: Enter through the main park entrance. Have your state-issued accessible parking license plate, hang-tag, or placard easily visible. Parking attendants will direct you to designated parking. As with all on-site parking, a $10 parking fee will be charged.

ible Parking Off-Site: Please see the shuttle information for the location of free, off-site parking. Once you arrive at that site, notify security and an accessible van will be available to provide transportation to and from the festival site.

Restrooms: Accessible restrooms are available throughout the festival site.

Accessible ATMs: Accessible Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are available. Please check with the Box Office for locations.

Accessible Viewing and Seating Area:A raised viewing platform will be available, located near the main stage. Patrons who use wheelchairs will be able to use the platform without a pass. Patrons with mobility disabilities who don’t use a wheelchair but who have a disability that substantially limits their ability to stand may stop by the Box Office to request a pass for this area.

n Policy: Each person with a disability may bring one companion into the reserved viewing area. Families, consisting of no more than two adults and any children under the age of 18, may stay together in the reserved area.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note that the designated accessible areas are non-reservable and offer limited space. All areas noted are designated on festival site maps. Additionally, once on-site please visit our Box Office if you have any further questions or need additional assistance.