Fun, education promised at Barnegat Bay Festival in Island Heights Sunday

     A scene from the 2013 Barnegat Bay Festival. (Image courtesy of The Riverside Signal)

    A scene from the 2013 Barnegat Bay Festival. (Image courtesy of The Riverside Signal)

    The 17th annual Barnegat Bay Festival is this Sunday in Island Heights, promising to mix in education with an abundance of fun.

    “This year’s festival theme is “Beach and Bay. Great Places to Play,” a release from the Barnegat Bay Partnership, the organizer, says. “We celebrate our continued commitment to educating as many as we can to the wonders of our precious natural resource, the Barnegat Bay.”

    From 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Wanamaker Complex (East End and Van Sant avenues), the free festival will offer a variety of experiences. 

    From the release:

    Enjoy a canoe eco-tour (pre-registration required) or a pontoon boat ride on the Toms River. Take a kayak ride (special festival pricing) with Freekin’ Creekin’ at the Summit Avenue beach, or learn to paddleboard with Barnegat Bay Paddle Sports.
    Relax to the traditional music of the Greater Pinelands Dulcimer Society, the Acoustic Musicians Guild, the Top Hats, or a special children’s performance by YOSI and Johnny.
    Touch sea life in Jenkinson’s Aquarium touch tank, learn about raptors and reptiles with the Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, make paper with seeds to grow with WILD Jersey, or walk through the soil tunnel for an “underground” experience. ·
    Visit the more than 40 eco-friendly vendors and enjoy all varieties of great festival food.

    It’s a rain or shine event, but pleasant weather is in the forecast.

    “So if you are staying closer to home this summer, save gas and save money, but most importantly learn how you can protect our most treasured natural resource, be more prepared for the future, and support the communities of the Barnegat Bay and its watershed,” the release says. 

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