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West Windsor 0619

West Windsor 0619

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www.westwindsorsun.com
JUNE 19-25, 2013
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West Windsor Arts Council hosts exhibit
HEATHER FIORE/The West Windsor Sun
Several works of art are currently on display in the ‘WW33: Full Circles: CreatingChances Through the Ages’ show at the West Windsor Arts Council. The show featuresartwork completed by artists ages 13 to 33. Anyone interested in purchasing a pieceshould contact the art gallery at (609) 716-1931. CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT: ‘Din-ner Catch’ by Felicia Lurie; ‘Un Embarazo Mistico (A Mystic Beginning),’ by GuadalupeReyes: ‘Ofrenda Para la Maestra Frida,’ by Guadalupe Reyes; ‘Caught!’ by Felicia Lurie;‘Contemporary Design by Thomas Howard; and ‘The Magician’ by Soobin Han.
FreedomFestivalset forJune 29
BY HEATHER FIORE
The West Windsor Sun
For the ninth year in a row, theMercer County Park Commissionand local radio station 94.5 WPSTwill be partnering to host the an-nual Mercer County Freedom Fes-tival, scheduled for Saturday, June29. The festival, which is the coun-ty’s formal Fourth of July celebra-tion, will be held at Mercer Coun-ty Park in West Windsor from 3 to11 p.m.About 25 years ago, it started asa small celebration that featuredthe New Jersey Symphony Or-chestra followed by fireworks.However, County ExecutiveBrian Hughes and his administra-tion have enabled the celebrationto grow into a major event thatfeatures a range of entertainmentand draws more than 20,000 peo-ple each year, said James Hagger-ty, director of recreation andevents at MPC.“About nine years ago, when
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Brian Hughes and his administra-tion came in, they had the idea of partnering with WPST and rais-ing this event to another level,” hesaid. “We had between 5,000 and7,500 when it began, and now it’sgrown to more than 20,000 peo-ple.”Since Hughes decided to part-ner with WPST, the event has fea-tured a different selection of livebands, food vendors, information-al vendors and kids’ activitieseach year.“It’s basically a one-day festi-val,” Haggerty said. “We probablyhave the best fireworks show inthe state, and that naturally drawseveryone to the festival each year.However, we also have between 80and 90 different types of vendors.”As always, the festival will in-corporate a classic car show,where car enthusiasts and collec-tors show off some of their mostprized possessions, as well as teth-ered hot air balloon rides, beerand wine gardens, games, a lasertag park for kids, and a variety of children’s rides, including slides,water rides and bounce houses. Asuper 50/50 raffle will also be held.“It’s a very family-friendly festi-val,” Haggerty said.Since the MPC partnered withWPST, the event has only gottenbigger and better, Haggerty said.“It’s been a fantastic partner-ship,” he said. “We have a good re-lationship, and we work well to-gether. Over the years, it’s grownto be more of an alliance betweenthe county and WPST.”The Mercer County SymphonicBand will kick off the event at 3p.m., followed by the duo BiggRomeo at 5 p.m. and the headlin-ers, Amish Outlaws, from 7:30 to9:30 p.m. The fireworks show willcommence around 9:45 p.m. andlast for about 30 minutes.To help ease the traffic after thefireworks, the festival will featureone last musical performance bythe local band Little Mac and thePeople’s Champ, who will playfrom 10:15 to about 11:30 p.m.The festival is slated for Satur-day, June 29 at Mercer CountyPark. To navigate to the park viaGPS, use the following address,334 S. Post Road in PrincetonJunction.Admission and parking arefree. For more information, go tomercercountyparks.org orwpst.com/freedomfestival.
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