Morristown’s fall festival is a scorcher

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By Jeff Sovelove

Scorching summer heat wasn’t enough to deter an estimated crowd of 60,000 from attending Sunday’s 23rd annual fall festival, also known as the Morristown Festival on the Green.

Karen Carvelli of the Morristown Partnership, the festival organizer, noted, “We’re very excited about our new Beer Tent venue for this year and with the great attendance, despite the heat.”  

“This gives an opportunity to people outside our district to see what Morristown has to offer,” said Mayor Tim Dougherty.

Slideshow photos by Jeff Sovelove

He's the tallest one in his class, at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Taylor from TD bank blows some bubbles for the kids at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The Stone Top Symphony Orchestra at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Caroline, 9, from Chatham enjoyed the face painting at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Polka Dot did his best to rock the kids at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Kids enjoyed riding the miniature train at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
That's one BIG soccer ball, at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Joe Dolan from Eyes of the Wild with Nugget, a Black and White Tegu Lizard at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Pogo the Wallaby at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Pogo the Wallaby with his favorite food, sweet potato, at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Oliver enjoyed a snack of his favorite food, broccoli, at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Oliver at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The large crowd enjoys the bright sunny day at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Heart of Gold band at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The new beer tent venue at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Not quite wildlife at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Farlow, a seeing eye dog in training, poses with the famous statue on the Greenat the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Sophia, 9, from Morristown, climbs the rock wall. She goes to Peck School and her favorite subject is science. She climbed all four sides, at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Karen Carvelli of the Morristown Partnership with her daughter Tess at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The Roots Steakhouse crew serves up Kobe beef sliders at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Heart of Gold rocks out at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Kids at the Bayer tent watch their home made rockets blast off at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Unicycles, at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The Stone Top Symphony Orchestra at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
It wouldn't be a Festival on the Green without Chef Freddy's mascot, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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Joe Dolan of Eyes of the Wild was there with a selection of cute (and not so cute) animals for the kids, including a Black and White Tegu Lizard, a broccoli-chomping striped skunk named Oliver, and Pogo the Wallaby, whose favorite food is sweet potato.  

Nearby, Pastor David Smazik of the Presbyterian Church in Morristown conducted the annual blessing of the animals. No lizards or wallabies wandered over, but there were quite a few (hot) dogs.

Kid-friendly Festival activities included face painting, a climbing wall, a miniature train, and the entertainer Polka Dot on the Family Stage.

Slideshow photos by Kevin Coughlin

Budding artist Lily Aberbach, 6, of Morristown shows her skills at the Pinot's Palette booth, at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Morristown Festival of Books volunteers Lynn Cicero, Alice Lloyd, Wendy Aresty and Paulette Skibiel at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Whitney Mayer, left, of Seasons Olive Oil greets guests at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Nichole Fortier Young staffs the Glassworks Studio booth at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Pastor David Smazik of the Presbyterian Church blesses Jack, 2, as owner Lisa Schmidberger of Bernardsville watches, at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Morristown Library Director Chad Leinaweaver at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Mayor Tim Dougherty at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Morristown Councilman Bob Iannaccone and his wife Karen at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Morristown Parking Authority Executive Director Michael Fabrizio, right, with staffers Wade Chan and Christina Colaneri, at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Brian Lozano of Wind of the Spirit at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
The new beer tasting tent at the Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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It seemed like every restaurant in town was well represented with everything from Kobe beef sliders to Jamaican beef patties to lobster mac and cheese.  And of course ice cream, which was doing a very brisk business on the warm day.

The Heart of Gold band provided renditions of classic rock favorites, while Cold Weather Company belted out folk acoustic tunes and the Stone Soup Symphony Orchestra featured several movements from Holst’s The Planets.

This year’s Festival on the Green featured something for everyone–except, air conditioning.

Slideshow photos by Dave Sullivan

Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Dave Sullivan
Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Dave Sullivan
Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Dave Sullivan
Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Dave Sullivan
Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Dave Sullivan
Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Dave Sullivan
Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Dave Sullivan
Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Dave Sullivan
Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Dave Sullivan
Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Dave Sullivan
Morristown Festival on the Green, Sept. 24, 2017. Photo by Dave Sullivan
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