Friday, September 21, 2012

Pequannock Hoe-Down 2012 Draws Crowds, Families

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2012-09-15, a set on Flickr.
By Christopher Lotito

Saturday September 15th 2012, Pequannock held its annual Hoe-Down community event at Greenview Park. This is the second such event since major upgrades to the park were completed, including a wood-roofed pavilion, an extensive new children's playground, and completely reworked parking at the north end of the park. Absent from these upgrades were new restrooms, deemed prohibitively expensive in this economy, and a public drinking fountain eliminated during the parking lot upgrades.

Live music was provided by several acts in association with Pompton Plains' Shamrock School of Music and a international variety of food concessions was available from local vendors.

For the second year in a row, Democratic Candidate for Township Council, Tom Andrea, took his place in the dunk tank, much to the entertainment of many youths in attendance.

The Parks and Recreation regulation requiring booths to include a game of some sort was also in play, providing raffles and educational opportunities galore.

The weather was excellent, if notably breezy at times, and the event was well attended throughout the day.

Christopher Lotito is a member of the Pequannock Historic District, Open Space, and Flood Control Advisory Commissions as well as the author of "Torrent," a book about flooding in the region. Lotito's personal mission is to reduce new taxes, drastically reduce flooding, and preserve more green spaces for our children.

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