Hanover Township Day Returns to Malapardis Park

Wagon Rides provided by Dick Kitchell

HANOVER TOWNSHIP — Hanover Township Recreation announces the return of Hanover Township Day to Malapardis Park in Cedar Knolls on Saturday, September 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This event celebrates all things Hanover Township with music, food, dance, karate and dance demonstrations, story time readings as well as community display tables and activities and a special display of skills by the Morris County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Corps. This year, due to low water levels at the pond and maintenance issues with the paddle boats, there will be motorized boat races at the pond instead. Finally, no Hanover Township Day would be complete without wagon rides provided by Dick Kitchell.

On the field are activities including face painting (sponsored by Hartz Mountain Real Estate) , balloon art (sponsored by Dorsey & Semrau), the test your strength hi striker as well as bounce houses and other inflatables like Soccer Darts (sponsored by the Hanover Soccer Association) and Toxic Meltdown (sponsored by Sunrise Senior Living.) The Cedar Knolls Fire Department and Cedar Knolls Board of Fire Commissioners will provide a trackless train for extra fun.

All of this is free of charge making it an “empty pockets” event thanks to these and other local sponsors!

The day begins with the raising of the flag by Boy Scout Troop #155 at 1:00 p.m.

Following the introduction of dignitaries and recognition of event sponsors, the WPHS Marching Band kicks of the event with a musical program and that demonstrates why they are the “Pride of Whippany.”

What follows is a day of family fun that includes hot dogs donated by Wegmans and prepared and served by Hanover Rotary volunteers; corn on the cob purchased, prepared and served by members of the Knights of Columbus Elizabeth Ann Seton Council No. 6904; ice pops and cotton candy courtesy of the Hanover Township Recreation Commissioners. Suburban Propane and Shop-rite are sponsoring bottled  water stations. Local civic, community, religious and other non-profit groups sponsor tables and displays with information and giveaways. The 200 Club will be providing free child identification cards and Hope One will also be on site.

From 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. the band Five Wheel Drive will perform its popular brand of rock, pop-rock, party and dance music. Attendees can bring a chair to sit and  listen to the music or check out the tables and demonstrations with the music in the background.

It promises to be a festive day featuring food, family, entertainment and fun for all.

For more information and a schedule of events click here.

The rain date is Sunday, September 18, same location and same time. If the weather is questionable, call the Hanover Township Recreation Hotline for information: (973) 887-7870.