Events March 28, 2015 and later

Mar 12 - Apr 5, 2015
Easter Egg Hunt
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Location: Alstede Farms - see details

Although the Historic Chester Business Association will not be holding their Annual Easter Egg Hunt this year, check out Chester's own Alstede Farms Easter Egg Hunt & Activities.

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Mar 26 - Apr 6, 2015
Spring Family Fun and Easter Egg Hunt
Times vary by day - please see website
Location: 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Corner 84 County Rt. 513 S. (Old Route 24), Chester NJ 07930

Come take a hay wagon ride to see the baby animals, meet the Easter Bunny and go on an Easter Egg hunt. Activities include: Pony Rides, jumping in the Moon Bounce, riding on our Wagon Train Ride, playing in our “Corn Kingdom,” climbing the Giant Hay Pyramid, visiting with Baby Farm Animals, sitting on a real farm tractor, enjoying a Warm Campfire, taking your picture with the Easter Bunny, and – of course – our Easter Egg Hunt! Please note we will be closed on Easter Sunday.

For details call 908-879-7189 or visit www.alstedefarms.com

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Apr 8, 2015
Truffle Making Class
6:00 - 8:00
Location: Basking Ridge High School - 268 S. Finley Ave.
*Pre-Registration is required*

This class will dive hands first into the art of truffle making, made easy. Participants will learn how to use a variety of ingredients and flavorings found at home to make their own truffles. Pre-registration is required Call 908 955-7592

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Apr 11 - Nov 22, 2015
Weekend Farm Family Fun at Alstede Farms
hours vary: - check website for details
Location: Alstede Farms 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Corner 84 County Rt. 513 S. (Old Route 24), Chester NJ 07930, GPS Address: Across the Street From Chesterfield Drive, Chester, NJ 07930

Enjoy fun for the whole family! Pony rides, Moon Bounce, visit our friendly farm animals, hayrides, and lots more!

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Apr 11, 2015
Highlands Backyard Fruit Tree Seminar
9:30 - 12:00 PM
Location: 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Corner 84 County Rt. 513 S. (Old Route 24), Chester NJ 07930, GPS Address: Across the Street From Chesterfield Drive, Chester, NJ 07930

You will have the opportunity to practice pruning techniques for apples, peaches, and summer & fall bearing brambles. You’ll also be able to ask questions about all aspects of fruit tree and small fruit tree care. Pruning demonstrations will focus both on newly planted trees, mature trees, and abandoned fruit trees that need to be rescued.

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Apr 25, 2015
Free Ice Cream Day at Alstede Farms!
all day
Location: 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Corner 84 County Rt. 513 S. (Old Route 24), Chester NJ 07930, GPS Address: Across the Street From Chesterfield Drive, Chester, NJ 07930

Stop by any time between 9 am and 6 pm for a FREE cup or cone of our delicious homemade ice cream! While you’re here, enjoy lots of fun farm activities!

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May 9, 2015
Introduction to Beekeeping
9 a.m. to 12:30
Location: Alstede Farms 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Corner 84 County Rt. 513 S. (Old Route 24), Chester NJ 07930, GPS Address: Across the Street From Chesterfield Drive, Chester, NJ 07930

Are you a honeybee enthusiast or just curious about this amazing occupation? Starting your first hive is easier than you think and Alstede is here to help. Come to our Beekeeping Seminar to learn the basics of beekeeping.

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May 17, 2015
Chester's 15th Ann. Classic Car, Antique Truck &Tractor Show
Motor Show: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm - Plus All Day Shopping!
Location: Classic Car Exhibits in Historic Chester's Downtown District and Antique Tractor Show at Alstede Farms

THIS YEAR'S SHOW IS BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER!

On Sunday, May 17th, Chester will be bursting with Classic Cars, Antique Trucks & Antique Tractors (Rain Date tbd).

Schedule of Events

- 8:00 am - 10:00 am: Exhibitor Vehicle Registration ($10).
*Classic Cars register at the top of Perry Street.
*Antique
Trucks & Tractors register at Alstede Farms

- 10:00 am - 3:00pm: Show times
- 3:00 pm: Trophies awarded at each of the two exhibit locations
plus All Day Shopping throughout Chester! Musical entertainment includes DJ-Doc South.

Portion of proceeds to benefit The Chester First Aid Squad.

Stroll Chester's charming, brick-lined sidewalks with over 80 specialty shops featuring antiques, crafts, clothing, jewelry, home furnishings, pet products, confections and wonderful eateries. For brand-name shopping and additional dining, visit The Streets of Chester Shopping Center. There is something for everyone here in Historic Chester, NJ!

Questions? Contact Toni Perry at toni@twdirection.com

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May 22 - 25, 2015
Memorial Day Weekend Farm Fun
hours vary: - check website for details
Location: Alstede Farms 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Corner 84 County Rt. 513 S. (Old Route 24), Chester NJ 07930, GPS Address: Across the Street From Chesterfield Drive, Chester, NJ 07930

Alstede Farms is open all weekend: Friday - Memorial Day for farm fun activities: hayrides, pony rides, friendly farm animals, and lots more!

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May 30 - 31, 2015
17th Annual SPRING Chester Craft Show
10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Rain or Shine)
Location: Gazebo/Municipal Field
134 Main Street, Chester, NJ

Call your friends and make plans to attend the Spring Chester Craft Show, being held on Saturday and Sunday, May 30th and 31st.

We are proud to announce that the Spring Chester Craft Show was, once again, ranked as one of the top 60 craft shows IN THE COUNTRY, WITH OVER 150 ARTISTS from around the region.

Admission: $4.00.  No dogs/pets allowed.

****$1.00 OFF* A SINGLE ADMISSION***
PRINT THIS AD AND PRESENT AT THE GATE TO RECEIVE $1.00 DISCOUNT.

Experience a wide variety of hand made items including traditional craft, fine art and country crafts.  Find unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list as well as beautiful handcrafted furnishings for your home. Be sure to stroll through Historic Chester and visit over 80 unique shops and eateries which are just steps away from the show. You will discover a wonderful selection of antiques, crafts, clothing, jewelry, home furnishings and accessories, gourmet pet products, confections and wonderful eateries. The Chester area is also home to wonderful parks and farms offering fun for the whole family.

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Jun 16 - Oct 30, 2015
Weekday Farm Fun at Alstede Farms
hours vary: - check website for details
Location: Alstede Farms 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Corner 84 County Rt. 513 S. (Old Route 24), Chester NJ 07930, GPS Address: Across the Street From Chesterfield Drive, Chester, NJ 07930

Enjoy fun farm activities: Pick Your Own, hayrides, visit our friendly farm animals, pony rides, wagon train rides, and lots more!

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Sep 12 - 13, 2015
42nd Annual FALL Craft Show
10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Rain or Shine)
Location: Gazebo/Municipal Field
134 Main Street, Chester, NJ

CHESTER CELEBRATES 42 YEARS OF FALL CRAFT SHOW

**RATED #1 IN NEW JERSEY AND ONE OF THE TOP 50 CRAFT SHOWS IN THE NATION**

Over 200 Tents Filled with the Finest Handmade Crafts.

FREE PARKING -with a special shuttle- at The Streets of Chester Shopping Center (Rt. 206 South) as well as 'park and ride' loops with The ILOVECHESTER EXPRESS!

The most talented artisans on the East Coast will exhibit and sell their unique hand-crafted creations at the upcoming Chester Fall Craft Show, which will take place on September 12th and 13th at Municipal Field in Chester, NJ. This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the award-winning 'rain or shine' weekend event, which is produced by the Historic Chester Business Association (HCBA).

Rated #1 in New Jersey and one of the Top 50 "Best Crafts Show in The Nation" by America's Premier Art and Craft Show Magazine, Sunshine Artist, previous shows have set all-time attendance records, with crafters and artisans from throughout the region offering an array of select, hand-crafted furniture, jewelry, apparel, ornaments, home accessories and more.

"For the past 40 years, Chester has been the home to one of the Northeast's most celebrated arts and crafts event." says Kathy Barbieri, President of the HCBA, "This is the perfect time for attendees to join in the celebration and kick-off their holiday shopping with one-of-a-kind gifts."

During this special weekend in September, Chester will host thousands of people from all over the country who come to enjoy this two-day, juried and tented arts & crafts expo. But this is not just an event to satisfy the artistic soul—be sure to stroll the brick-lined sidewalks and visit over 80 specialty shops featuring antiques, crafts, clothing, jewelry, home furnishings and accessories, gourmet pet products, confections and wonderful eateries.

Whether it's a decorative piece for your own home or a distinctive holiday gift for a friend, Chester is the place to discover that special something.  Children under 12 are free (no pets please).  Also, don't forget to enjoy all the natural beauty of the season, as Chester is home to wonderful parks and farms offering fun for the whole family.

Admission: $5.00 per person

***$1.00 Off Single Admission with a printed copy of this event listing**

Crafters interested in participating in the show can call 973-377-6600 or visit www.chestercraftshow.com.

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Oct 17 - 18, 2015
32nd Annual HARVEST Celebration
11:00 am to 5:00 pm (Rain or Shine)
Location: Downtown Chester, NJ

You couldn’t pick a better way to spend a weekend! Come and enjoy this FREE 2-day event in Historic Downtown Chester.

*FREE PARKING AND SHUTTLE FOR CHESTER HARVEST FEST & ALSTEDE FARMS*
from The Streets of Chester Shopping Center Parking Lot (SOC).
Sat. & Sun. from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Want to avoid all the traffic and save on gas?
Park your car at the SOC for free, then hop on our Special Shuttle to the Harvest Fest and Alstede Farms.
Pick-Up/Drop Off located outside the Streets Cafe.

THIS YEAR'S HIGHLIGHTS

- The 2nd Annual Best Chili in Chester Challenge! Which Eatery Makes the Best Chili in Chester?
- Special Musical Guest - To be announcedi (Sunday only)
- Wood Carving Demo
- Pumpkin Carving Demo
- The Reelers Square Dancers (Sunday Only)
- Seccombe Caricatures (Sunday only)


Back by Popular Demand

  • NBC'S Produce Pete!  (Saturday Only)
  • Classic Rock Band - Big Chrysler (Satuday only)
  • Colonial Musketeer Fife and Drum
  • Clown Performance
  • Face Painting
  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Ford V-8 Antique Car Show (Sunday only)
  • Antique Apple Press Demo (Sunday only)
  • Guess the Pumpkin Weight

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