Bergen County Parks & Hackensack Riverkeeper set for environmental celebration
Members of the press are invited to the Fifth Annual Bergen County EarthFest Overpeck, presented by Hackensack Riverkeeper and the Bergen County Department of Parks at Overpeck County Park. The family-friendly event take places this coming Sunday, May 20, 2018 from Noon until 5PM; admission is free. Most festival activities are scheduled for the Ridgefield Park section of the park near the amphitheater, but the event’s kickoff – the Recycled Regatta - takes place at Riverkeeper’s nearby Overpeck Park Kayak Center precisely at noon.
The Regatta is a race between teams that row, paddle, sail or otherwise propel unique human-powered craft made out of discarded items that would otherwise be destined for landfills. It’s a spectacle that shouldn’t be missed.
The day will also feature:
Welcoming remarks by Bergen County Executive James Tedesco and Hackensack Riverkeeper Captain Bill Sheehan at 1:30PM;
A festival midway featuring fifty environmental nonprofits, green vendors, healthy-living advocates and more;
Presentations by “NJ’s Batman” Joe D’Angeli and the Northeast New Jersey Beekeepers Association, plus a presentation on worldwide water use and a yoga demonstration;
Live entertainment, including bluegrass music by Bergen-based Blue Plate Special, Jumpin’ Jamie the Dinosaur Troubadour from Field Station Dinosaurs, and performances by the Center For Modern Dance Education;
Children’s activities including a fishing derby run by Ramsey Outdoor Stores and East Jersey Trout Unlimited, Japanese Gyotaku-style fish painting, and a series of hands-on environmental education activities;
An assemblage of food truck vendors including: Meatheads BBQ, Fantastic Thai, and La Brasa. Hot dogs, burgers, fries, soft drinks and more will be available for purchase at the park’s snack bar.
Weather-permitting, there will be free canoeing and kayaking on Overpeck Lake courtesy of Hackensack Riverkeeper’s Overpeck Park Kayak Center.
In addition to the event’s organizers and hosts, EarthFest Overpeck 2018 is sponsored by Inserra Supermarkets, Investors Bank, SUEZ, PSE&G, Xchange at Secaucus Junction, Hackensack Meridian Health, Haftek C.W.S., Ramsey Outdoor, Rockland Electric, Samsung N.A. and Westy Self Storage of Hackensack.
“This event is happening rain, cloud or shine,” said Riverkeeper Captain Bill Sheehan. “Our EarthFest Overpeck takes place just one month after Earth Day; starting right here in Bergen County, it’s the perfect way to help Make America Green Again.”
Founded by Sheehan in 1997, Hackensack Riverkeeper is the leading environmental organization working on Hackensack River issues – from the headwaters in Rockland County, NY to Newark Bay in New Jersey. A founding member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance, the group engages in a four-point clean water strategy of environmental action, advocacy, education and litigation in its ongoing work to protect, preserve and restore the Hackensack River.